Date of Award

9-12-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

Department

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Julie A. Jackson, PhD

Abstract

This thesis develops a framework for SAR target detection and super-resolution in low-resolution environments. The primary focus in this research is the background clutter heterogeneity that often accompanies low range and cross-range resolutions. A corrective model which accounts for clutter replacement is developed to define the detection and false alarm rates of the detector more accurately than a traditional model in which the radar return from the target supplements the existing clutter. In a heterogeneous clutter cell, the clutter replacement model leverages the different scattering distributions among the individual clutter types to generate a probability distribution function for the areas of each clutter type which are obstructed by a target. The location of the target can be extrapolated from the clutter replacement areas, and a multiple hypothesis detection test is conducted to determine which location estimate yields the lowest average error.

AFIT Designator

AFIT-ENG-MS-19-S-011

DTIC Accession Number

DTIC Pending

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