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International Journal of Antennas and Propagation
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 761816, 22 pages
Research Article

Development of a Near-Field Bistatic Synthetic Aperture Radar for Complex Target Reconstruction

ACFR, University of Sydney, Rose Street Building (J04), NSW 2006, Australia

Received 6 September 2011; Revised 13 February 2012; Accepted 14 March 2012

Academic Editor: Amedeo Capozzoli

Copyright © 2012 David G. Johnson and Graham M. Brooker. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper begins with a description of the design, construction, and characterization of a small electromagnetic anechoic chamber, developed specifically to house a bistatic ISAR system for the analysis of rock samples. Particular emphasis is given to the practicalities of construction, with the intention of assisting those in a similar position, wishing to build an anechoic chamber on a tight budget. The second part of the paper outlines efficient algorithms that may be applied to the tomographic and topographic reconstruction of complex targets within the viewing geometry of this ISAR system.