Subbanding of temporal and spatial UWB SAR imagery of buried mines
A numerical algorithm has been developed for the modeling of ultra-wideband (UWB) plane-wave scattering from a class of buried mines. In particular, the model assumes that a mine can be simulated as a body of revolution (BOR). The numerical results indicate that there are particular frequency subbands in which a given target is excited most strongly, with the subband depending strongly on the target type. Moreover, these optimal subbands are also dependent on the depression angle; therefore, the synthetic aperture radar (SAR) aperture must be limited (spatial-spectrum subbanding) so that the desired depression angle is achieved over the aperture used for imaging. These results indicate that the scattered response from particular buried mines can be highlighted by proper processing of the temporal and spatial spectrum. So motivated, we have applied subbanding to data measured by the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) UWB SAR, which collects fully polarimetric data over the 50 - 1200 MHz bandwidth. The measured data, when processed appropriately corroborate the theoretical expectations of where example anti-personnel and anti-tank mines scatter optimally. In particular, we consider the Valmara anti-personnel mine and the M20 anti-tank mine, using data collected at Yuma Proving Grounds. After validating the theory, we present frequency subbanding that will highlight one mine over another, a technique of potential application to the discrimination of targets from clutter. ©2003 Copyright SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering.
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