1 October 1990 Polarimetric signatures of extended meterological targets derived with the DLR radar
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At DLR (formerly DFVLR) in Oberpfaffenhofen, West Germany, a coherent polarimetric C-Band radar is in operation since three years for applications in microwave propagation (satellite communications) and cloud physics research. Its functional aspects are briefly described. The radar permits the characterization of scatter volumes consisting of statistically distributed targets by a time series of relative scattering matrices, the Stokes matrix and the covariance matrix. Radar scattering from extended meteorological targets is treated as a stationary ergodic stochastic process. The elements of the fundamental second moments (covariances) are discussed. Special consideration is given to the microphysical interpretation of polarimetric radar echoes using the scattering matrix and the covariance matrix approach. Polarization signatures for backscattered power and correlation observables are derived applying polarization transformations to the covariance matrix. Finally, the signal degradations on virtual Earth-satellite paths are studied with the aid of radar data for frequencies in the new bands (Ka-Band) for satellite communications.
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Arno Schroth, Arno Schroth, Karl Tragl, Karl Tragl, Ernst Lueneburg, Ernst Lueneburg, Mudjianto Chandra, Mudjianto Chandra, } "Polarimetric signatures of extended meterological targets derived with the DLR radar", Proc. SPIE 1317, Polarimetry: Radar, Infrared, Visible, Ultraviolet, and X-Ray, (1 October 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.22055; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.22055

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