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Space-variant filtering for correction of wavefront curvature effects in spotlight-mode SAR imagery formed via polar formatting
Author(s): Charles V. Jakowatz; Daniel E. Wahl; Paul A. Thompson; Neall E. Doren
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Paper Abstract

Wavefront curvature defocus effects can occur in spotlight- mode SAR imagery when reconstructed via the well-known polar formatting algorithm under certain scenarios that include imaging at close range, use of very low center frequency, and/or imaging of very large scenes. The range migration algorithm, also known as seismic migration, was developed to accommodate these wavefront curvature effects. However, the along-track upsampling of the phase history data required of the original version of range migration can in certain instances represent a major computational burden. A more recent version of migration processing, the frequency domain replication and downsampling (FReD) algorithm, obviates the need to upsample, and is accordingly more efficient. In this paper we demonstrate that the combination of traditional polar formatting with appropriate space-variant post- filtering for refocus can be as efficient or even more efficient than FReD under some imaging conditions, as demonstrated by the computer-simulated results in this paper. The post-filter can be pre-calculated from a theoretical derivation of the curvature effect. The conclusion is that the new polar formatting with post filtering algorithm should be considered as a viable candidate for a spotight-mode image formation processor when curvature effects are present.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 July 1997
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3070, Algorithms for Synthetic Aperture Radar Imagery IV, (28 July 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.281576
Show Author Affiliations
Charles V. Jakowatz, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Daniel E. Wahl, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Paul A. Thompson, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Neall E. Doren, Sandia National Labs. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3070:
Algorithms for Synthetic Aperture Radar Imagery IV
Edmund G. Zelnio, Editor(s)

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