Hardware Realization of a 2 m x 1 m Fully Electronic Real-Time mm-Wave Imaging System

Conference: EUSAR 2012 - 9th European Conference on Synthetic Aperture Radar
04/23/2012 - 04/26/2012 at Nuremberg, Germany

Proceedings: EUSAR 2012

Pages: 4Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Schiessl, Andreas; Genghammer, Andreas; Ahmed, Sherif Sayed (Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG, Munich, Germany)
Schmidt, Lorenz-Peter (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Erlangen, Germany)

A first generation of active mm-wave imaging devices is nowadays commercially available for industrial and security applications. Mostly, these systems use mechanical scanning to reduce channel count. The availability of state-of-the-art semiconductor technology enables reliably building high-channel-count fully electronic mm-wave imaging systems at E-Band frequencies, including parallel signal processing. Without the need for mechanical scanning, true real-time operation becomes possible. This work describes a prototype of such an imaging system for personnel screening applications. For the first time, hardware that is capable of capturing full 2 m x 1 m images of living persons in the 80 GHz region in real-time is demonstrated. An overview of the imaging system is given including detailed hardware description. The measurement flow is explained and the underlying link budget is derived.