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Reference Target Correction Based on Point Target SAR Simulation

Döring, Björn and Looser, Philipp and Jirousek, Matthias and Schwerdt, Marco (2012) Reference Target Correction Based on Point Target SAR Simulation. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 50 (3), pp. 951-959. IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. doi: 10.1109/TGRS.2011.2162590.


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The backscattering from man-made point targets like passive corner reflectors and active transponders is often used as a radiometric calibration standard for synthetic aperture radar (SAR) calibration. As new systems emerge and the demand for more accurate systems increases, it becomes necessary to better understand the effects of real or imperfect targets on the radiometric calibration results. Therefore, a point target SAR simulator is presented which models the complete external radiometric calibration process. It incorporates a number of target properties like frequency response, transponder internal calibration strategies, noise, and interference signals, and it takes the instrument SAR mode settings into consideration. Thereby, the relevant target backscatter variation as observed in the processed SAR image with respect to an ideal or any other target can be determined. The simulation results are relevant during the design process of a new target as well as during the actual calibration of a SAR system. Based on these point target simulations, correction coefficients can be stated for each target and SAR mode, therefore decreasing the remaining radiometric point target uncertainties. The quantitative examples in this paper show that these corrections can influence the absolute radiometric calibration by more than 1 dB.

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Title:Reference Target Correction Based on Point Target SAR Simulation
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Döring, BjörnUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-4257-1413UNSPECIFIED
Date:March 2012
Journal or Publication Title:IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 951-959
Publisher:IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Keywords:SAR calibration; point targets
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - Projekt TerraSAR-X Kalibration und Projektunterstützung (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Microwaves and Radar Institute > Spaceborne SAR Systems
Deposited By: Döring, Björn
Deposited On:15 Dec 2011 10:41
Last Modified:29 Nov 2023 12:50

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