Time-Frequency Analysis of Scattering Data Using the Wavelet Transform

Masahiko NISHIMOTO  Hiroyoshi IKUNO  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E80-C   No.11   pp.1440-1447
Publication Date: 1997/11/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Issue on Electromagnetic TheoryScattering and Diffraction)
wavelet,  time-frequency analysis,  scattering,  multiresolution analysis,  electromagnetic wave,  

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Scattering data from radar targets are analyzed in the time-frequency domain by using wavelet transform, and the scattering mechanisms are investigated. The wavelet transform used here is a powerful tool for the analysis of scattering data, because it can provide better insights into scattering mechanisms that are not immediately apparent in either the time or frequency domain. First, two types of wavelet transforms that are applied to the time domain data and to the frequency domain data are defined, and the multi-resolution characteristics of them are discussed. Next, the scattering data from a conducting cylinder, two parallel conducting cylinders, a parallel-plate waveguide cavity, and a rectangular cavity in the underground are analyzed by using these wavelet transforms to reveal the scattering mechanisms. In the resulting time-frequency displays, the scattering mechanisms including specular reflection, creeping wave, resonance, and dispersion are clearly observed and identified.