Resonance Radar Imaging

Open Access
Bienert, Nicole L
Area of Honors:
Electrical Engineering
Bachelor of Science
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Dr. Timothy Joseph Kane, Thesis Supervisor
  • Dr. Julio V. Urbina, Honors Advisor
  • Mie Theory
  • Ground Penetrating Radar
  • Resonance Radar Imaging
  • Radar
  • Rayleigh
  • Physical Optics
  • Resonance
  • Genetic Optimization Algorithm
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Vector Network Analyzer
  • Frequency
  • Frequency Response
  • Transfer Function
  • SNR
  • Electromagnetics
  • Clutter
  • Imaging
  • Nicole Bienert
  • S11
Resonance Radar Imaging (RRI) is a novel technique which surpasses traditional radar techniques by enabling shadow region imaging and deep medium penetration. This could enable imaging of deep aquifers and magma chambers which is not possible with current ground penetrating radar technologies. RRI identifies the electrical properties and shape of an object by matching the unique frequency response with theory. Frequencies surrounding resonance are used. Resonance peaks determine cross sectional area, the Physical Optics Regime yields information about shape and the backscatter strength in the Rayleigh region determines the objects volume. This paper presents experimental and theoretical support for the RRI concept.