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Title: Inverse problems-based maximum likelihood estimation of ground reflectivity for selected regions of interest from stripmap SAR data [Regularized maximum likelihood estimation of ground reflectivity from stripmap SAR data]

In this study, we derive a comprehensive forward model for the data collected by stripmap synthetic aperture radar (SAR) that is linear in the ground reflectivity parameters. It is also shown that if the noise model is additive, then the forward model fits into the linear statistical model framework, and the ground reflectivity parameters can be estimated by statistical methods. We derive the maximum likelihood (ML) estimates for the ground reflectivity parameters in the case of additive white Gaussian noise. Furthermore, we show that obtaining the ML estimates of the ground reflectivity requires two steps. The first step amounts to a cross-correlation of the data with a model of the data acquisition parameters, and it is shown that this step has essentially the same processing as the so-called convolution back-projection algorithm. The second step is a complete system inversion that is capable of mitigating the sidelobes of the spatially variant impulse responses remaining after the correlation processing. We also state the Cramer-Rao lower bound (CRLB) for the ML ground reflectivity estimates.We show that the CRLB is linked to the SAR system parameters, the flight path of the SAR sensor, and the image reconstruction grid.We demonstrate the ML image formation andmore » the CRLB bound for synthetically generated data.« less
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  1. Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
  2. Utah State Univ., Logan, UT (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 0018-9251; 547566; TRN: US1701190
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronics Systems
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 52; Journal Issue: 6; Journal ID: ISSN 0018-9251
Research Org:
Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
Country of Publication:
United States
47 OTHER INSTRUMENTATION; maximum likelihood estimation; synthetic aperture radar; inverse problems; image reconstruction; azimuth; time-domain analysis; antennas
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