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A signal processing view of strip-mapping synthetic aperture radar

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2 Author(s)
Munson, D.C., Jr. ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Illinois Univ., Urbana, IL, USA ; Visentin, R.L.

The authors derive the fundamental strip-mapping SAR (synthetic aperture radar) imaging equations from first principles. They show that the resolution mechanism relies on the geometry of the imaging situation rather than on the Doppler effect. Both the airborne and spaceborne cases are considered. Range processing is discussed by presenting an analysis of pulse compression and formulating a mathematical model of he radar return signal. This formulation is used to obtain the airborne SAR model. The authors study the resolution mechanism and derive the signal processing relations needed to produce a high-resolution image. They introduce spotlight-mode SAR and briefly indicate how polar-format spotlight processing can be used in strip-mapping SAR. They discuss a number of current and future research directions in SAR imaging

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Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:37 ,  Issue: 12 )

Date of Publication:

Dec 1989

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