Near-field SAR imaging with dynamic metasurface antennas using an adapted range migration algorithm

Aaron V. Diebold, Laura Pulido-Mancera, Timothy Sleasman, Michael Boyarsky, Mohammadreza F. Imani, David R. Smith

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Synthetic aperture radar (SAR) is a well-established approach for retrieving images with high resolution. How- ever, common hardware used for SAR systems is usually complex and costly, and can suffer from lengthy signal acquisition. In near-field imaging, such as through-wall-sensing and security screening, simpler and faster hardware can be found in the form of dynamic metasurface antennas (DMAs). These antennas consist of a waveguide-fed array of tunable metamaterial elements whose overall radiation patterns can be altered by DC signals. By sweeping through a set of tuning states, near-field imaging can be accomplished by multiplexing scene information into a collection of measurements, which are post-processed to retrieve scene information. While DMAs simplify hardware, the post-processing can become cumbersome, especially when DMAs are moving in a fashion similar to SAR. In this presentation, we address this problem by modifying the range migration algorithm (RMA) to be compatible with DMAs. To accommodate complex patterns generated by DMAs in the RMA, a pre-processing step is introduced to transform the measurements into an equivalent set corresponding to an effective multistatic configuration, for which specific forms of the algorithm have been derived. As we are operating in the near field of the antennas, some approximations made in the classical formulation of RMA may not be valid. In this paper, we examine the effect of one such approximation: the discarding of amplitude terms in the signal-target Fourier relationship. We demonstrate the adaptation of the RMA to near field imaging using a DMA as central hardware of a SAR system, and discuss the effects of this approximation on the resulting image quality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComputational Imaging III
EditorsAmit Ashok, Jonathan C. Petruccelli, Abhijit Mahalanobis, Lei Tian
ISBN (Electronic)9781510618497
StatePublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
EventComputational Imaging III 2018 - Orlando, United States
Duration: Apr 15 2018Apr 17 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceComputational Imaging III 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Computational imaging
  • Image reconstruction techniques
  • Metamaterials

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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