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Master of Science


Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Julie A. Jackson, PhD.


A bistatic implementation of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) to form images of the ground from an aircraft makes use of separate emitters and receivers. When not using cooperative emitters, ground based communications systems can provide illumination. One way to improve performance of these waveforms, which are not designed for SAR, is a multistatic implementation, formed from multiple bistatic systems. This leads to the problem of selecting a subset from a potentially large set of emitters to use for image formation. A framework for this selection between sets of emitters is proposed using multiple objective optimization. This approach requires use of objective functions to score the inputs to the selection process. The four objective functions selected to score sets of emitters are: signal to noise ratio, waveform ambiguity function's integrated sidelobes , effective multistatic resolution area, and contrast ratio. To speed calculations, an approximation is found for the point spread function. Simulation is used to compare approximation with theory, showing its utility for emitter selection. Finally a qualitative example of emitter selection is presented.

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