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Coherent MapDrift Technique

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A new parametric autofocus technique with a high accuracy of flight-parameter estimation dedicated to strip-mode synthetic aperture radar (SAR) systems is presented. Most of the known autofocus techniques require high-reflectivity targets (man-made targets) to obtain a properly focused SAR image. The technique proposed in this paper allows flight parameters to be estimated effectively, even for a low-contrast scene (e.g., forests, fields, small paths, etc.). The autofocus technique is based on well-known MapDrift (MD) principles. The presented technique is a coherent one, which allows flight parameters to be estimated more precisely than in the other well-known parametric technique referred to as classical MD. The presented technique allows flight parameters to be estimated with accuracy that is independent of the initial velocity error. It can be used for real-time processing for both Earth imaging and moving-target indication.

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Geoscience and Remote Sensing, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:48 ,  Issue: 3 )