Accession Number:

ADA091320

Title:

A Study of Terrain Scattering Physics.

Descriptive Note:

Interim rept.,

Corporate Author:

APPLIED SCIENCE ASSOCIATES INC APEX NC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1980-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

76.0

Abstract:

This report presents interim results of a study to improve existing models for scattering from rough terrain. The two-scale composite surface model is first corrected to properly account for shadowing. This correction shows that both the optical and Bragg scattering terms in the expression for sigma degrees go to zero as grazing incidence is approached. The shadowing function for non-Gaussian surfaces is shown to be easily obtained from existing theories and numerical results for exponentially distributed surfaces are presented. The two-scale composite surface based upon the Burrows perturbation theory is extended to the following cases bistatic scattering from a dielectric surface with small scale roughness, and bistatic scattering from a dielectric surface with large and small scales of roughness. Comparisons are made with the Rice theory for both cases. Finally, it is shown how an existing theoretical relationship between the height and slope probability density functions can be used in practically obtaining one from the other. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Active and Passive Radar Detection and Equipment
  • Electricity and Magnetism

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE