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Joshua Ash (Committee Member), Brian Rigling (Advisor), Michael Saville (Committee Member)

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Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE)


The polar format algorithm (PFA) for bistatic synthetic aperture radar (SAR) image formation offers the compromise between image quality and computational complexity afforded by PFA, while enabling the geometric flexibility of a bistatic collection scenario. The use of the far-field approximation (FFA), which enables the use of the two-dimensional (2D) fast Fourier transform (FFT) in PFA, introduces spatially-varying distortion and defocus effects causing geometric warping and blurring in the resulting image. In this thesis, the residual phase errors due to the FFA are analyzed by decomposing the residual phase errors in the time dimension into their constant, linear, and quadratic Taylor series components. Based on the analysis, a 2D interpolation-based distortion correction technique is developed, and accurate scene size limits are derived for the corrected image to mitigate the effects of defocus. The phase error analysis is conducted with respect to arbitrary transmitter and receiver trajectories, and examples are demonstrated for both the ideal linear and ideal circular flight geometries using a point target scene simulation.

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Department of Electrical Engineering

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