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Synthetic aperture radar performance in detecting shallow buried targets
Author(s): Jen King Jao; Check F. Lee; Barbara L. Merchant
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Paper Abstract

A radar performance model is developed to analyze the capability of wide-band, high- resolution airborne synthetic aperture radar detection of shallow buried targets such as metallic M-20 mines and utility cables. Feasible target detection depths are estimated as functions of radar polarization, depression angle, and frequency in UHF and VHF bands. The performance model has incorporated wave propagation loss, due to wave attenuation inside the soil medium, wave reflection, and divergence at the air-ground interface, radar target cross section estimation via method of moments, radar interference, including both ambient man-made noise and empirical backscattered ground surface clutter, which is determined from existing clutter measurements for bare soil, rocks, and desert terrain.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 May 1996
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2765, Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets, (31 May 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.241229
Show Author Affiliations
Jen King Jao, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Check F. Lee, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Barbara L. Merchant, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2765:
Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets
Abinash C. Dubey; Robert L. Barnard; Colin J. Lowe; John E. McFee, Editor(s)

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