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26 October 2011 Polarization scattering characteristics of some ships using polarimetric SAR images
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Polarimetric scattering information has a potential application for ship classification and identification in SAR image. This paper investigates in the polarimetric scattering of several types of ships like hospital ship, LPD (Landing Platform Dock), container ship and oil tanker. The scattering characteristics of every ship's pixel is got by using polarimetric decompositions such as Pauli decomposition, SDH (Sphere-Dihedral-Helix) decomposition, Freeman-Durden decomposition, Moriyama decomposition, Yamaguchi decomposition and Cameron decomposition. Then the scattering types of every pixel are fused by voting mechanism. Based on scattering mechanism, the scatterings are merged to four scattering types: sphere scattering, diplane scattering, volume scattering and other scattering. So the polarimetric scattering information of ships has been got. It is shown that hospital ship, LPD, container ship and oil tanker have different polarimetric scattering information. This is useful for ship classification and ship identification.
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Juan Wang, Weigen Huang, Jingsong Yang, Peng Chen, and Huaguo Zhang "Polarization scattering characteristics of some ships using polarimetric SAR images", Proc. SPIE 8179, SAR Image Analysis, Modeling, and Techniques XI, 81790W (26 October 2011);

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