InSAR学习(一) 基本原理 Basics of Interferometric SAR (InSAR)


The technique that makes use of interference of electromagnetic waves that are transmitted and received by a SAR is called interferometric synthetic aperture radar, or InSAR. Very simply, InSAR involves the use of two or more SAR images of the same area—one arbitrarily chosen reference or master image and one or more additional images referred to as slave images—to extract land surface topography and deformation patterns.

1 高程和斜距差的关系

InSAR基本原理可以下图为例进行说明。设天线相位中心A 1  的高程为H ,地面点P的高程为h ,天线相位中心A 1  对目标点 成像时的侧视角为θ ,两天线相位中心的距离为基线长度B ,基线与水平方向的夹角为α R R     分别为两天线相位中心到目标点P 的斜距,δR 为斜距差(δR=R    R )。


干涉图像上,目标点对应的像点坐标为(x p ,y p ) ,天线相位中心到目标点的斜距R 满足下式:

R=D S 0  +M y y p  

其中,D S 0    为近距延迟, M y   为图像距离向采样间隔。

式中,侧视角θ  与基线水平角α 及角 β 的关系为:

cosβ=R 2 +B 2 R   2 2RB =R 2 +B 2 (R+δR) 2 2RB  

β=arccos(R 2 +B 2 (R+δR) 2 2RB )=arccos(δRB +B2R δR 2 2RB ) 

因此,地面点P的高程h 为:
h=HRcosθ=HRcos(π2 +αarccos(δRB +B2R δR 2 2RB )) 

δRB // =Bsin(θα) 

其中,B //   代表基线在平行于斜距方向上的分量。

2 斜距差和相位差的关系


φ=2πλ (R fw +R bw )+φ scatt  

其中λR fw R bw φ scatt  分别表示波长、发射天线到目标的距离、目标到接收天线的距离、地物散射特性引起的相位变化。下图分别为SAR影像的强读图像和相位图像,其中的相位信息并没有什么规律,因此也就不能加以利用。

But something very useful emerges when two otherwise useless SLC SAR images are combined, as explained below.

Interferometric SAR (InSAR) exploits the phase differences of at least two complex-valued SAR images acquired from different orbit positions and/or at different times.

The interferogram is calculated by co-registering two SAR imagesμ 1  μ 2   and differencing the corresponding phase values on a pixel-by-pixel basis, i.e., by a pixel-by-pixel complex multiplication of the master image μ 1   with the complex conjugated slave image μ 2   . Due to baseline B  , the distances from the antennas to the scene differ by δR , which results in a phase difference δφ  in the interferogram:

s=μ 1 μ  1 =μ 1 exp(jδφ) 

δφ=φ 1 φ 2  

Under the pre-condition φ scatt,1 =φ scatt,2   and the utilization of the same emitting horn for both images leading to R fw,1 =R fw,2   , which is the case for single-pass measurements, the interferometric phase is just related to the range difference of the two antennas:
δφ=2πλ δR 

On the other hand, for repeat-pass measurements,
δφ=4πλ δR