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Optimal polarizations of simple compound targets

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1 Author(s)
H. Mieras ; Systems Application Dept., Sperry Res. Center, Sudbury, MA, USA

The optimal polarization properties of simple extended targets are investigated for the purpose of assessing the usefulness of polarization concepts to target classification. It is found that for large targets with unresolved scattering centers, the polarization null and maximum loci as functions of aspect are usually very complex. Except for certain special cases, this phenomenon indicates that narrow-band polarimetry is not generally useful for target classification.

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IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation  (Volume:31 ,  Issue: 6 )