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Basic equations of radar polarimetry and its solutions: the characteristic radar-polarization states for the coherent and partially polarized cases
Author(s): Wolfgang-Martin Boerner; Wei-Ling Yan; An-Qing Xi
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Paper Abstract

A comprehensive overview of the basic principles of radar polarimetry is presented. The relevant fundamental field equations are first provided in order to introduce the polarization state formulations of electromagnetic waves in the frequency domain, including the Jones and the Stokes vector formalism and its presentation on the Poincare sphere and on relevant map projections. In the next step, the scattering matrices (S) and (M) are given together with change of polarization bases transformation operators, and the optimal polarization states are determined for the coherent and partially coherent cases.

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Date Published: 1 October 1990
PDF: 64 pages
Proc. SPIE 1317, Polarimetry: Radar, Infrared, Visible, Ultraviolet, and X-Ray, (1 October 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.22079
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Wolfgang-Martin Boerner, Univ. of Illinois/Chicago (United States)
Wei-Ling Yan, Univ. of Illinois/Chicago (United States)
An-Qing Xi, Univ. of Illinois/Chicago (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1317:
Polarimetry: Radar, Infrared, Visible, Ultraviolet, and X-Ray
Russell A. Chipman; John W. Morris, Editor(s)

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