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Phase unwrapping techniques for IFSAR
Author(s): Maria Teresa Chiaradia; Andrea Guerriero; Guido Pasquariello; Alberto Refice; Nicola Veneziani
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Paper Abstract

Coordinates in the 3D space of elements in a SAR image can be obtained by the combination of along-track, slant-range and interferometric fringe measurements. In order to evaluate the elevation of a pixel with respect to a slant- range reference plane, its absolute interferometric phase is required and this is typically derived unwrapping a 2D interferometric fringe pattern. Phase inconsistencies in SAR interferograms due to noise and topography determine unwrapping errors which appear as discontinuities in the computed absolute phase field. Phase aliasing arising from rapid phase variations from topography generates 2D unwrapping inconsistencies characterized by phase patterns statistically different from those induced by noise. In this paper, the spatial configurations of the phase field around residues is utilized in the phase unwrapping procedure. The feasibility of a neural network approach for classifying residual complex geometric phase patterns requiring different corrective measures is also presented. In addition, a method based on pseudo-differential interferometry to resolve residual inconsistencies as noise- or topography-generated is explored.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 December 1996
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2958, Microwave Sensing and Synthetic Aperture Radar, (17 December 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.262700
Show Author Affiliations
Maria Teresa Chiaradia, INFN/Politecnico di Bari (Italy)
Andrea Guerriero, INFN/Politecnico di Bari (Italy)
Guido Pasquariello, Istituto Elaborazione Segnali e Immagini (Italy)
Alberto Refice, Istituto Elaborazione Segnali e Immagini (Italy)
Nicola Veneziani, Istituto Elaborazione Segnali e Immagini (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2958:
Microwave Sensing and Synthetic Aperture Radar
Giorgio Franceschetti; Christopher John Oliver; Franco S. Rubertone; Shahram Tajbakhsh, Editor(s)

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