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Considerations for autofocus of spotlight-mode SAR imagery created using a beamforming algorithm
Author(s): Charles V. Jakowatz; Daniel E. Wahl
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Paper Abstract

In recent papers the authors discussed the advantages of forming spotlight-mode SAR imagery from phase history data via a technique that is rooted in the principles of phased-array beamforming, which is closely related to back-projection. The application of a traditional autofocus algorithm, such as Phase Gradient Autofocus (PGA), requires some care in this situation. Specifically, a stated advantage of beamforming is that it easily allows for reconstruction of the SAR image onto an arbitrary imaging grid. One very useful grid, for example, is a Cartesian grid in the ground plane. Autofocus via PGA for such an image, however, cannot be performed in a straightforward manner, because in PGA a Fourier transform relationship is required between the image domain and the range-compressed phase history, and this is not the case for such an imaging grid. In this paper we propose a strategy for performing autofocus in this situation, and discuss its limitations. We demonstrate the algorithm on synthetic phase errors applied to real SAR imagery.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 April 2009
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7337, Algorithms for Synthetic Aperture Radar Imagery XVI, 73370A (28 April 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.820049
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Charles V. Jakowatz, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Daniel E. Wahl, Sandia National Labs. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7337:
Algorithms for Synthetic Aperture Radar Imagery XVI
Edmund G. Zelnio; Frederick D. Garber, Editor(s)

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