Armin Doerry, Ph.D.
Sandia National Laboratories
Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) is a radar imaging mode that maps radar reflectivity of the ground. This is an important earth resource monitoring and analysis tool in the civilian and government communities, and an important intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) tool for the military and intelligence communities. The tutorial proposed herein is intended to provide an introduction to the physical concepts, processing, performance, features, and exploitation modes that make SAR work, and make it useful. Although mathematics will be shown in some parts of the presentation, more than enough to keep any attendee happy, the lecture will focus on the qualitative significance of the mathematics rather than dry derivations. Liberal use of example SAR images and other data products will be used to illustrate the concepts discussed. The presentation will be given as four distinct modules, each based on (but enhanced from) presentations developed and given by the presenter in numerous non-public forums to government, military, industry, and academic groups.