On the design of SAR apertures using the Cramér-Rao bound

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Journal Article

The Cramér-Rao inequality is applied to the likelihood function of the synthetic aperture radar (SAR) scatterer parameter vector to relate the choice of flight path to estimation performance. Estimation error bounds for the scatterer parameter vector (including height) are developed for multi-dimensional synthetic apertures, and quantify the performance enhancement over a limited sector of the image plane relative to standard-aperture single-pass SAR missions. An efficient means for the design and analysis of SAR waveforms and flight paths is proposed using simulated scattering models that are limited in size. Comparison of the error bounds to those for standard-aperture SAR show that estimates of scatterer range and cross-range positions are accurate for multi-dimensional aperture SAR, even with the additional estimator for height. Furthermore, multi-dimensional SAR is shown to address the layover problem. © 2007 IEEE.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Linnehan, R; Brady, D; Schindler, J; Perlovsky, L; Rangaswamy, M

Published Date

  • January 1, 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 43 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 344 - 355

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0018-9251

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1109/TAES.2007.357138

Citation Source

  • Scopus