With three coherent synthetic aperture radar images, it is possible to form three interferograms. In some cases, the phases of the three averaged interferograms will be significantly inconsistent and indicate a sort of phase excess or deficit (which we call lack of triangularity or inconsistency). In this paper, we illustrate theoretically which models can explain such phenomenon and provide some real-data examples. It is also shown that two or more independent scattering mechanisms are necessary to explain phase inconsistencies. The observation of lack of consistency might be useful to derive information on the target and as a warning that the scatterer presents a temporal covariance matrix, which is not intrinsically real, with consequences for the processing of interferometric stacks.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Dec 2015|
- Closure phase
- multiple scattering
- Synthetic aperture radar (SAR) interferometry