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Re-examination of analytical models for microwave scattering from deciduous leaves

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2 Author(s)
Oh, Y. ; Sch. of Electron. & Electr. Eng., Hongik Univ., Seoul ; Hong, J.-Y.

This paper presents an examination of classical scattering models for radar cross sections of deciduous leaves, such as the generalised Rayleigh-Gans (GRG) model and the physical optics (PO) model. The PO model employs the resistive sheet approximation in this study. The validity regions of the analytical models for microwave scattering from deciduous leaves are investigated by comparison with the precise numerical results of the method of moment. It was found that the GRG and PO models extend their validity regions for estimating the scattering amplitudes as the thickness of a lossy dielectric disk decreases. The GRG and PO models can be used alternatively for computing the scattering matrices of natural deciduous leaves at microwave frequencies regardless of the size of the leaves, because of the very small thickness of the leaves (0.2-0.4 mm)

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Microwaves, Antennas & Propagation, IET  (Volume:1 ,  Issue: 3 )