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In airborne two-antenna interferometric SAR system, the returned pulse may be reflected by parts of the aircraft platform into the antennas, and this is called multipath effect which will cause oscillating phase errors and hence height errors. This paper presents a theoretical model to compute the multipath error. In this model the multipath phase error is a function of look angle or ideal phase, and the unknown parameters of the model can be estimated from distributed targets with known elevation. On the basis of the model, a method and processing procedure can be used to correct multipath error effectively, and this paper illustrates its successful application to interferometric SAR data collected by Institute of Electronics, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Date of Conference: 25-30 July 2010