Multiple Phase Difference Method for Real-Time SAR Autofocus


Koo, V. C. and Chan, Y. K. and Chuah, H. T. (2006) Multiple Phase Difference Method for Real-Time SAR Autofocus. Journal of Electromagnetic Waves and Applications, 20 (3). pp. 375-388. ISSN 0920-5071

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This paper deals with the SAR autofocus problem, with the aim to implement the proposed autofocus algorithm in real-time. The crux of the SAR autofocus problem is to estimate the phase error phi(e)((.)) based on the uncompensated SAR raw signal, and subsequently eliminate the phase error from the SAR data. The existing autofocus algorithms are mostly performed off-line as part of the post-processing step. This is due to the fact that the conventional autofocus methods require the entire synthetic aperture length for phase error estimation and hence, they are time-consuming and not practical for real-time implementation. The proposed algorithm, called the Multiple Phase Difference (MPD) Autofocus, utilises the maximum likelihood (ML) principle to solve the phase estimation problem. It is shown that the ML solution can essentially achieve better performance with minimum computational burden by employing the sub-aperture approach.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering and Technology (FET)
Depositing User: Ms Rosnani Abd Wahab
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2011 07:28
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2013 06:58


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