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      Three-dimensional Interferometric MIMO Radar Imaging for Target Scattering Diagnosis

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      Journal of Radars

      Chinese Academy of Sciences

      Radar imaging, Scattering diagnosis, MIMO radar, Interferometry

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          Abstract

          Two-dimensional (2D) Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and Inverse SAR (ISAR) imaging is of importance for diagnostic studies of target scattering mechanisms. Rail SAR and turntable ISAR are currently widely applied techniques for high resolution diagnostic imaging of complex targets. Three-dimensional (3D) imagery has the advantage of providing scattering magnitude and exact positions in altitude and in down-range and cross-range for each scattering center on a complex target. Thus, development of various 3D imaging radar systems for diagnostic measurements is attracting increasing attention from radar researchers. In this work, a novel 3D imaging method based on Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) radar and interferometric SAR processing is proposed. First, a MIMO array capable of interferometric measurement with high aperture utilization ratio is designed and tested. Then, a signal model for interferometric MIMO radar is formulated. The relation between interferometric phase and scatterer altitude is specifically analyzed, and a 3D image formation algorithm is developed. Finally, a numerical simulation and field data acquired using experimental MIMO radar system are presented to demonstrate the feasibility and usefulness of the proposed method for target scattering diagnosis. The proposed method has more advantages than current 3D imaging techniques, such as high measurement efficiency, low research and development cost, and strong environmental adaptability.

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          Journal
          Journal of Radars
          Chinese Academy of Sciences
          01 December 2018
          : 7
          : 6
          : 655-663
          Affiliations
          [1 ] ①(Beihang University, Beijing 100191, China)
          [2 ] ②(Shijiazhuang Tiedao University, Shijiazhuang 050043, China)
          Article
          aeea35abf31d49f7805082d81952ce74
          10.12000/JR18088

          This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

          Categories
          Technology (General)
          T1-995

          Remote sensing, Electrical engineering

          Interferometry, MIMO radar, Scattering diagnosis, Radar imaging

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