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Cross-Pol Transponder with Frequency Shifter for Bistatic Ground-Based Synthetic Aperture Radar

Department of Information Engineering, University of Florence, via Santa Marta, 3, 50139 Firenze, Italy
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Remote Sens. 2018, 10(9), 1364; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs10091364
Received: 28 June 2018 / Revised: 9 August 2018 / Accepted: 25 August 2018 / Published: 28 August 2018
Ground-based synthetic aperture radar (GBSAR) systems are popular remote sensing instruments for detecting the ground changes of landslides, glaciers, and open pits as well as for detecting small displacements of large structures, such as bridges and dams. Recently (2017), a novel mono/bistatic GBSAR configuration was proposed to acquire two different components of displacement of the targets in the field of view. This bistatic configuration relies on a transponder that consists—in its basic implementation—of just two antennas and an amplifier. The aim of this article was to design and experimentally test an improved transponder with cross-polarized antennas and frequency shifter that is able to prevent possible oscillations even at very high gain, as required in long-range applications. The transponder was successfully field-tested, and its measured gain was 91 dB gain. View Full-Text
Keywords: bistatic radar; cross-polarization; frequency shifter; synthetic aperture radar; transponder bistatic radar; cross-polarization; frequency shifter; synthetic aperture radar; transponder
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Pieraccini, M.; Miccinesi, L. Cross-Pol Transponder with Frequency Shifter for Bistatic Ground-Based Synthetic Aperture Radar. Remote Sens. 2018, 10, 1364.

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