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Recent experiments using the ARL Rail-SAR
Author(s): Kenneth Ranney; Brian Phelan; Getachew Kirose; Kelly Sherbondy; Traian Dogaru; R. Narayanan
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Paper Abstract

The Army Research Laboratory has constructed an indoor, rail-mounted, synthetic aperture radar (SAR) system capable of simulating airborne data collection geometries. The collection facility includes both a “building within a building” for through-the-wall measurements and a “sand pit” for buried-target measurements. While we collect background measurements for the purpose of clutter removal, the elimination of multi-path responses due to target emplacements presents a significant problem. These multipath effects can manifest themselves as artifacts in the processed SAR imagery— artifacts that were observed in data presented at last year’s Defense, Security and Sensing Radar Sensor Technology conference. In this paper, we present the results of additional data collections and analysis performed to identify the source of observed Rail-SAR artifacts. We analyze data collected using various target-emplacement scenarios and describe the procedures developed to eliminate artifacts in future Rail-SAR experiments. We examine results obtained both with and without the new measurement procedures in place.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 May 2015
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9461, Radar Sensor Technology XIX; and Active and Passive Signatures VI, 94610L (21 May 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2178317
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Kenneth Ranney, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)
Brian Phelan, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Getachew Kirose, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)
Kelly Sherbondy, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)
Traian Dogaru, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)
R. Narayanan, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9461:
Radar Sensor Technology XIX; and Active and Passive Signatures VI
G. Charmaine Gilbreath; Kenneth I. Ranney; Armin Doerry; Chadwick Todd Hawley, Editor(s)

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