A Study on the Electromagnetic Backscattering from Wind-Roughened Water Surfaces

Maurizio MIGLIACCIO  Maurizio SARTI  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E83-C   No.12   pp.1820-1826
Publication Date: 2000/12/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: INVITED PAPER (Special Issue on Problems of Random Scattering and Electromagnetic Wave Sensing)
Category: Rough Surface Scattering
electromagnetic scattering,  rough surfaces,  fractals,  sea,  

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In this paper we report the results of a study regarding the backscattering from wind-roughened water surfaces. The reference profile data has been deducted by an experiment held at the University of Heidelberg circular wave tank facility. The scattering theory is based on a fractal description of the surface and a combined use of the Kirchhoff approximation and the small perturbation method (SPM). The scattering results are tested versus the ones obtained via the periodic-surface moment method. The study shows the reliability of the novel approach.