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Determination of optimal polarimetric contrast using the partially coherent Kennaugh, covariance, and Graves matrices in POL-SAR image analysis
Author(s): Wolfgang-Martin Boerner; Harold Mott; Mitsuro Tanaka; Yoshio Yamaguchi
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Paper Abstract

Exact and approximate methods are developed to determine radar antenna polarizations that maximize power contrast between two scatterers. Antenna polarizations to maximize received power are also obtained. These polarizations will maximize target-noise ratio and the ratio of target power to power from unpolarized clutter. Matrices that represent unpolarized clutter are given. It is shown that a backscattering covariance matrix to represent unpolarized clutter for any incident wave does not exist. Target matrices used are the bistatic and backscattering covariance matrices, the Kennaugh matrix, and the Graves power scattering matrix.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 November 1996
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2845, Radar Processing, Technology, and Applications, (5 November 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.257241
Show Author Affiliations
Wolfgang-Martin Boerner, Univ. of Illinois/Chicago (United States)
Harold Mott, Univ. of Alabama/Tuscaloosa (United States)
Mitsuro Tanaka, Univ. of Oita (Japan)
Yoshio Yamaguchi, Niigata Univ. (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2845:
Radar Processing, Technology, and Applications
William J. Miceli, Editor(s)

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