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On the performance of polarimetric target detection algorithms

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3 Author(s)
Chaney, R.D. ; MIT Lincoln Lab., Lexington, MA, USA ; Bud, M.C. ; Novak, L.M.

The performance of six polarimetric target detection algorithms is analyzed. The detection performance of the optimal polarimetric detector (OPD), the identity-likelihood-ratio-test (ILRT), the polarimetric whitening filter (PWF), the single-polarimetric channel detector, the span detector, and the power maximization synthesis (PMS) detector is compared. Results are presented for both probabilistic and deterministic targets in the presence of complex Gaussian clutter. The results indicate that the PWF and the ILRT typically achieve near optimal performance. The remaining detection algorithms typically yield performance that is degraded compared to the performance of the OPD, the PWF, and the ILRT.<>

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Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:5 ,  Issue: 11 )