Single-frequency 3D synthetic aperture imaging with dynamic metasurface antennas.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Through aperture synthesis, an electrically small antenna can be used to form a high-resolution imaging system capable of reconstructing three-dimensional (3D) scenes. However, the large spectral bandwidth typically required in synthetic aperture radar systems to resolve objects in range often requires costly and complex RF components. We present here an alternative approach based on a hybrid imaging system that combines a dynamically reconfigurable aperture with synthetic aperture techniques, demonstrating the capability to resolve objects in three dimensions (3D), with measurements taken at a single frequency. At the core of our imaging system are two metasurface apertures, both of which consist of a linear array of metamaterial irises that couple to a common waveguide feed. Each metamaterial iris has integrated within it a diode that can be biased so as to switch the element on (radiating) or off (non-radiating), such that the metasurface antenna can produce distinct radiation profiles corresponding to different on/off patterns of the metamaterial element array. The electrically large size of the metasurface apertures enables resolution in range and one cross-range dimension, while aperture synthesis provides resolution in the other cross-range dimension. The demonstrated imaging capabilities of this system represent a step forward in the development of low-cost, high-performance 3D microwave imaging systems.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Boyarsky, M; Sleasman, T; Pulido-Mancera, L; Diebold, AV; Imani, MF; Smith, DR

Published Date

  • May 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 57 / 15

Start / End Page

  • 4123 - 4134

PubMed ID

  • 29791386

Pubmed Central ID

  • 29791386

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1539-4522

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1559-128X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1364/ao.57.004123


  • eng