A New Target Detector Based on Geometrical Perturbation Filters for Polarimetric Synthetic Aperture Radar (POL-SAR)

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Springer Science & Business Media, Jan 25, 2012 - Computers - 240 pages
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This thesis presents a groundbraking methodology for the radar international community. The detection approach introduced, namely perturbation analysis, is completey novel showing a remarkable capability of thinking outside the box. Perturbation analysis is able to push forward the performance limits of current algorithms, allowing the detection of targets smaller than the resolution cell and highly embedded in clutter. The methodology itself is extraordinary flexibe and has already been used in two other large projects, funded by the ESA (European Space Agency): M-POL for maritime surveillance, and DRAGON-2 for land classification with particular attention to forests. This book is a perfectly organised piece of work where every detail and perspective is taken into account in order to provide a comprehensive vision of the problems and solutions.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Synthetic Aperture Radar
8
3 Radar Polarimetry
29
4 Polarimetric Detector
62
5 Polarimetric Detector Statistics
93
6 Validation with Airborne Data
133
7 Validation with Satellite Data
161
8 Recent Applications of Perturbation Filters
192
9 Conclusions
217
Appendix 1 Geometrical Perturbation with the Huynen Parameters
222
Appendix 1 Geometrical Perturbation with the Huynen Parameters
229
Appendix 2 Neglecting the Cross Terms
231
References
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Best PhD theses 2011: RSPSoc (Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society)

Best poster: ASM'08 RSPsoc, 10-11 March 2008, Lyndhurst, New Forest, UK

Best paper: Electro Magnetic Remote Sensing Defence Technology Centre, EMRS-DTC'09,
24th-25th June 2009, Edinburgh, UK.

Best student paper (category Methods), Dragon-2 Symposium, 17th-21st May 2010, Guilin,
China

Best paper: Electro Magnetic Remote Sensing Defence Technology Centre, EMRS-DTC'10,
13th-14th July 2010, Edinburgh, UK.

Finalist for best student paper: IEEE International Geoscience & Remote Sensing Symposium,
IGARSS'10, 25 - 30 July, 2010, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Chair of poster session on Polarimetric Techniques, IEEE International Geoscience & Remote
Sensing Symposium, IGARSS'11, 24-29 July 2011, Vancouver, Canada.

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