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Reduction of ISAR image artifacts caused by re-entrant structures
Author(s): Brett H. Borden
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Paper Abstract

The standard ISAR high-frequency weak-scatterer model is inappropriate to targets with inlets and cavities, and images created under this model assumption often display artifacts associated with these structures. Since inlets and cavities (typically) make a strong contribution to the radar field scattered from aircraft targets, these artifacts often confound the image interpretation process and considerable effort has been spent in recent years to model, isolate, and remove these sources of error. Many of the more complete and accurate scattering models require extensive knowledge about the cavity/inlet shape and size and, moreover, are numerically intensive -- features that make them unsuitable for many imaging applications. We examine an older (and less accurate) model based on a weak-scattering modal expansion of the structure which appears to be well-suited to ISAR imaging. In addition, the analysis shows how cavity/inlet shape-specific information may be estimated from an ordinary ISAR image.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 September 1997
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3161, Radar Processing, Technology, and Applications II, (24 September 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.279476
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Brett H. Borden, Naval Air Warfare Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3161:
Radar Processing, Technology, and Applications II
William J. Miceli, Editor(s)

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