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Wideband SAR processing with segmented chirps for phased-array radars
Author(s): A. W. Doerry
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Paper Abstract

Fine resolution Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) requires wideband signals to be transmitted and received. Electronically steered phased-array antennas have difficulty steering wideband signals without the use of expensive and cumbersome true time delay elements. Otherwise more desirable phase shifters are by themselves inadequate to the task. Wideband radar signals can be generated from series or groups of narrow-band signals centered at different frequencies. A wideband Linear FM (LFM) chirp can be assembled from lesser-bandwidth chirp segments. The chirp segments can be transmitted as separate pulses, each with their own steering phase operation. Each chirp segment's bandwidth would essentially be narrow-band by itself. Doing so allows each pulse to be steered by phase shifters alone. This overcomes the problematic dilemma of steering wideband chirps with phase shifters alone. True time-delay elements are not required. The raw Phase History data can then be processed in a manner to reconstruct the image by combining all pulses with all chirp segments. In this manner the image will exhibit resolution consistent with the entire resolution bandwidth, which can be much larger than any individual segment's chirp bandwidth.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 May 2007
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6547, Radar Sensor Technology XI, 654702 (2 May 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.717801
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A. W. Doerry, Sandia National Labs. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6547:
Radar Sensor Technology XI
James L. Kurtz; Robert J. Tan, Editor(s)

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