A polarimetric target detector using the Huynen fork

Marino, Armando; Cloude, Shane and Woodhouse, Iain (2010). A polarimetric target detector using the Huynen fork. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 48(5) pp. 2357–2366.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1109/TGRS.2009.2038592


The contribution of SAR polarimetry in target detection is described and found to add valuable information. A new target detection methodology is described that makes novel use of the polarization fork of the target. The detector is based on a correlation procedure in the target space, and other target representations (e.g. Huynen parameters or α angle) can be employed. The mathematical formulation is general and can be applied to any kind of single target, however in this paper the detection is optimized for the odd and even-bounces (first two elements of the Pauli scattering vector) and oriented dipoles. Validation against real data shows significant agreement with the expected results based on the theoretical description.

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