Date of Award

6-2012

Degree Name

MS in Electrical Engineering

Department

Electrical Engineering

Advisor

Dr. John Saghri

Abstract

Abstract

Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Raw Signal Simulation

Author: Amin Shoalehvar

Synthetic aperture radar (SAR) raw signal simulation is a useful tool for SAR system design, mission planning, processing algorithm testing, and inversion algorithm design. This thesis explores a SAR raw signal simulation. The raw signal simulation is the simulated received signal before any processing with exception of the down-converter. The simulation plays a significant role in studies concerning noise and clutter rejection and contributes toward optimizing SAR system parameters. To simulate SAR raw data, a Chirp Scaling (CS) method is used. This method [3] first stretches the input surface reflectivity of the target in the azimuth and range direction respectively. Then it derives the raw data by inverse equalizing the signal based on CS principle. This method avoids the time-domain integral operation and improves the computational efficiency. A simulation diagram, calculation and systematic process are proposed in this thesis. Finally, simulation results are presented to verify the accuracy of calculations and the efficiency of the process.

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