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Fast ISAR image generation through localization of persistent scattering centers
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Imagery data acquired by recently launched space borne SAR systems demonstrate a very good spatial resolution (e.g. one meter with TerraSAR-X). The designs of such complex systems make it compulsory to do SAR end-to-end simulations to optimize image quality (e.g. spatial and radiometric resolution, ambiguity suppression, dynamic range, etc.). The most complex, critical and challenging modules have to be designed for the generation of SAR raw data and SAR image generation, because the limits of computability and memory requirements are reached very quickly. Moreover, the analysis of SAR images is a demanding task, because of their sensor specific effects. Therefore, a simulation tool is under development to analyze realistic target features and make the scattering processes transparent to the user. With the method presented in this paper, SAR images of complex scattering bodies can be generated in a very efficient way. This is done by directly localizing scattering centers and identifying their persistency along the synthetic aperture. Thus the usual raw data generation and processing steps are dropped. The resulting images show a very good similarity to reality, because scattering centers due to multipath propagation effects are also handled. Furthermore this toolkit makes it possible to visualize the scattering centers and their evolution, by mapping them on the 3D structure of the scattering body. This results in transparency of the whole scattering process, which greatly improves the understanding of the image effects. The paper presents this new approach for the application of inverse SAR (ISAR) and first simulation results.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 April 2009
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7308, Radar Sensor Technology XIII, 730804 (29 April 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.818479
Show Author Affiliations
H. Anglberger, DLR (Germany)
R. Speck, DLR (Germany)
T. Kempf, DLR (Germany)
H. Suess, DLR (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7308:
Radar Sensor Technology XIII
Kenneth I. Ranney; Armin W. Doerry, Editor(s)

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