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  1. Radar coherence is an important concept for imaging radar systems such as synthetic aperture radar (SAR). This document quantifies some of the effects in SAR which modify the coherence. Although these effects can disrupt the coherence within a single SAR image, this report will focus on the coherence between separate images, such as for coherent change detection (CCD) processing. There have been other presentations on aspects of this material in the past. The intent of this report is to bring various issues that affect the coherence together in a single report to support radar engineers in making decisions about thesemore » matters.« less
  2. Monopulse radar is a well-established technique for extracting accurate target location information in the presence of target scintillation. It relies on the comparison of at least two patterns being received simultaneously by the antenna. These two patterns are designed to differ in the direction in which we wish to obtain the target angle information. The two patterns are compared to each other through a standard method, typically by forming the ratio of the difference of the patterns to the sum of the patterns. The key to accurate angle information using monopulse is that the mapping function from the target anglemore » to this ratio is well-behaved and well-known. Errors in the amplitude and phase of the signals prior and subsequent to the comparison operation affect the mapping function. The purpose of this report is to provide some intuition into these error effects upon the mapping function.« less
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  6. This document is the final report for the 2009 Antarctica Crevasse Detection Radar (CDR) Project. This portion of the project is referred to internally as Phase 2. This is a follow on to the work done in Phase 1 reported on in [1]. Phase 2 involved the modification of a Sandia National Laboratories MiniSAR system used in Phase 1 to work with an LC-130 aircraft that operated in Antarctica in October through November of 2009. Experiments from the 2006 flights were repeated, as well as a couple new flight tests to examine the effect of colder snow and ice onmore » the radar signatures of 'deep field' sites. This document includes discussion of the hardware development, system capabilities, and results from data collections in Antarctica during the fall of 2009.« less
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  10. Spurious energy in received radar data is a consequence of nonideal component and circuit behavior. This might be due to I/Q imbalance, nonlinear component behavior, additive interference (e.g. cross-talk, etc.), or other sources. The manifestation of the spurious energy in a range-Doppler map or image can be influenced by appropriate pulse-to-pulse phase modulation. Comparing multiple images having been processed with the same data but different signal paths and modulations allows identifying undesired spurs and then cropping or apodizing them.

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