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A review of target decomposition theorems in radar polarimetry

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2 Author(s)
Cloude, S.R. ; SEI EP, CNRS, Nantes, France ; Pottier, E.

In this paper, we provide a review of the different approaches used for target decomposition theory in radar polarimetry. We classify three main types of theorem; those based on the Mueller matrix and Stokes vector, those using an eigenvector analysis of the covariance or coherency matrix, and those employing coherent decomposition of the scattering matrix. We unify the formulation of these different approaches using transformation theory and an eigenvector analysis. We show how special forms of these decompositions apply for the important case of backscatter from terrain with generic symmetries

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Geoscience and Remote Sensing, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:34 ,  Issue: 2 )