Abstract

Factorized backprojection is a processing algorithm for reconstructing images from data collected by synthetic aperture radar (SAR) systems. Factorized backprojection requires less computation than conventional time-domain backprojection with little loss in accuracy for straight-line motion. However, its implementation is not as straightforward as direct backprojection. Further, implementing an azimuth window has been difficult in previous versions of factorized backprojection. This thesis provides a new, easily parallelizable formulation of factorized backprojection designed for both pulsed and linearly frequency modulated continuous wave (LFM-CW) stripmap SAR data. A method of easily implementing an azimuth window as part of the factorized backprojection algorithm is introduced. The approximations made in factorized backprojection are investigated and a detailed analysis of the corresponding errors is provided. We compare the performance of windowed factorized backprojection to direct backprojection for simulated and actual SAR data.

Degree

MS

College and Department

Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology; Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Date Submitted

2012-04-19

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd5210

Keywords

synthetic aperture radar (SAR), image reconstruction, factorized backprojection, backprojection

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