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Phong-like lighting for MMW radar simulation
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Paper Abstract

Radar simulation involves the computation of a radar response based on the terrain's normalized radar cross section (RCS). In the past different models have been proposed for modeling the normalized RCS. While being accurate in most cases they lack intuitive handling. We present a novel approach for computing the mean normalized radar cross section for use in millimeter wave radar simulations based on Phong lighting. This allows us to model radar power return in an intuitive way using categories of diffuse and specular reflections. The model is computational more efficient than previous approaches while using only few parameters. Furthermore, we give example setups for different types of terrain. We show that our technique can accurately model data output from other approaches as well as real world data.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 October 2008
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7117, Millimetre Wave and Terahertz Sensors and Technology, 71170M (3 October 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.799486
Show Author Affiliations
Niklas Peinecke, German Aerospace Ctr., DLR (Germany)
Hans-Ullrich Doehler, German Aerospace Ctr., DLR (Germany)
Bernd R. Korn, German Aerospace Ctr., DLR (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7117:
Millimetre Wave and Terahertz Sensors and Technology
Keith A. Krapels; Neil A. Salmon, Editor(s)

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