Ultra-Wide Swath SAR Imaging with Continuous PRF Variation

Conference: EUSAR 2010 - 8th European Conference on Synthetic Aperture Radar
06/07/2010 - 06/10/2010 at Aachen, Germany

Proceedings: EUSAR 2010

Pages: 4Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Gebert, Nicolas; Krieger, Gerhard (German Aerospace Center (DLR), Microwaves and Radar Institute, Wessling, Germany)

Innovative multi-channel synthetic aperture radar (SAR) concepts enable high-resolution wide-swath imaging, but the antenna length typically restricts the achievable swath width. This limitation can be overcome by a novel technique which is based on a single azimuth channel but operates the system with a continuously varied pulse repetition frequency (PRF) by this allowing in principle for arbitrary wide swaths. This paper introduces the basic principles and discusses design constraints for such a PRF variation. Further, a systematic performance analysis of an L-band reflector antenna system is carried out with focus on the sensitivity versus different input parameters.