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International Journal of Navigation and Observation
Volume 2008, Article ID 325279, 12 pages
Research Article

CLEAN Technique for Polarimetric ISAR

1Department of Information Engineering, University of Pisa, via Caruso 16, 56122 Pisa, Italy
2Defence Science & Technology Organisation, Edinburgh, SA 5111, Australia
3School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, University of Adelaide, SA 5005, Adelaide, Australia

Received 19 February 2008; Accepted 3 June 2008

Academic Editor: M. Greco

Copyright © 2008 M. Martorella et al. 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.


Inverse synthetic aperture radar (ISAR) images are often used for classifying and recognising targets. To reduce the amount of data processed by the classifier, scattering centres are extracted from the ISAR image and used for classifying and recognising targets. This paper addresses the problem of estimating the position and the scattering vector of target scattering centres from polarimetric ISAR images. The proposed technique is obtained by extending the CLEAN technique, which was introduced in radar imaging for extracting scattering centres from single-polarisation ISAR images. The effectiveness of the proposed algorithm, namely, the Polarimetric CLEAN (Pol-CLEAN) is tested on simulated and real data.