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The ZπM algorithm: a method for interferometric image reconstruction in SAR/SAS

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2 Author(s)
J. M. B. Dias ; Instituto de Telecomunicacoes, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon, Portugal ; J. M. N. Leitao

This paper presents an effective algorithm for absolute phase (not simply modulo-2-π) estimation from incomplete, noisy and modulo-2π observations in interferometric aperture radar and sonar (InSAR/InSAS). The adopted framework is also representative of other applications such as optical interferometry, magnetic resonance imaging and diffraction tomography. The Bayesian viewpoint is adopted; the observation density is 2-π-periodic and accounts for the interferometric pair decorrelation and system noise; the a priori probability of the absolute phase is modeled by a compound Gauss-Markov random field (CGMRF) tailored to piecewise smooth absolute phase images. We propose an iterative scheme for the computation of the maximum a posteriori probability (MAP) absolute phase estimate. Each iteration embodies a discrete optimization step (Z-step), implemented by network programming techniques and an iterative conditional modes (ICM) step (π-step). Accordingly, the algorithm is termed ZπM, where the letter M stands for maximization. An important contribution of the paper is the simultaneous implementation of phase unwrapping (inference of the 2π-multiples) and smoothing (denoising of the observations). This improves considerably the accuracy of the absolute phase estimates compared to methods in which the data is low-pass filtered prior to unwrapping. A set of experimental results, comparing the proposed algorithm with alternative methods, illustrates the effectiveness of our approach

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IEEE Transactions on Image Processing  (Volume:11 ,  Issue: 4 )