Synthetic Aperture Radar Imaging

  • Margaret Cheney
  • Brett Borden
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The purpose of this chapter is to explain the basics of radar imaging and to list a variety of associated open problems. After a short section on the historical background, the article includes a derivation of an approximate scalar model for radar data. The basics in Inverse Synthetic-Aperture Radar (ISAR) are discussed, and a connection is made with the Radon transform. Two types of Synthetic-Aperture Radar (SAR), namely spotlight SAR and stripmap SAR, are outlined. Resolution analysis is included for ISAR and spotlight SAR. Some numerical algorithms are discussed. Finally, the chapter ends with a listing of open problems and a bibliography for further reading.


Radar System Radar Data Radar Imaging Born Approximation Scattered Field 
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The authors would like to thank the Naval Postgraduate School and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, (Because of this support the US Government is authorized to reproduce and distribute reprints for Governmental purposes notwithstanding any copyright notation thereon. The views and conclusions contained herein are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as necessarily representing the official policies or endorsements, either expressed or implied, of the Air Force Research Laboratory or the US Government.) which supported the writing of this article under agreement number FA9550-09-1-0013.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Margaret Cheney
    • 1
  • Brett Borden
    • 2
  1. 1.Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroyUSA
  2. 2.Naval Postgraduate School of EngineeringMontereyUSA

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