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Research Topic Description, including Problem Statement:
Coherent aperture synthesis has been used in imaging techniques such as Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and digital holography for more than 40 years and is frequently employed in both the Air and Space domains. Additionally, many algorithms and techniques exist which incorporate sensor data composed of overlapping/redundant information in order to render an improved image or extract additional useful information about the target. As a shift toward having numerous, independent/distributed sensors present over the same region of interest occurs, it is incumbent upon us to understand how best to exploit all data collected over many possibly sparse, nonuniformly distributed sensors having different look angles and distances relative to the target region. This topic supports efforts which seek to explore and understand novel methods for coherent field data combination/exploitation and contextualizes these methods in terms of the fundamental physics (wave-optics), statistics, and/or information theory. The ideal end state is the development of techniques and their associated mathematical framework which appreciate the fundamental limitations of combining coherent field data as a function of some or all of the aforementioned free parameters, e.g. nonuniform sensor distribution, sparsity, variable/random look angles, and varying distances to the target. Which sensor geometries result in the most information gain in the combined data? What effects do sparsity and nonuniformity of sensor placement have on the end result? What other meaningful data can we extract from regions with insufficient data to form a useful image?
Relevance to the Intelligence Community:
The Intelligence Community relies on overhead and airborne assets to image/sense remote targets. Leveraging multiple distributed imaging/sensor systems simultaneously to accomplish a common imaging/sensing goal would enable cheaper imaging asset networks through economies of scale and decrease mission impact in the event of asset loss/destruction. The development of low-cost, distributed imaging systems also will enable rapid off-the-shelf capability deployment of additional assets in contingency scenarios where existing assets have either been rendered nonfunctional or do not have ample time to support all mission requirements. Moreover, being able to improve existing assets through the deployment of augmentee sensors would enable enhanced resolution, field-of-view, signal to noise ratio (SNR), and target detection, as well as potentially extending the lifecycle of outdated overhead assets which lack necessary system specifications to complete certain missions.
Key Words: Aperture Synthesis, Digital Holography, 3D Imaging, Coherent LIDAR, Riemannian Geometry, Range Imaging, Bayesian Estimation, Swarm Imaging, Small Satellite Constellations, Multistatic Sensors, Distributed Apertures, Inferential Data Exploitation, Cramer-Rao Analysis, Distributed/Conformal Apertures, Multiple View Geometry, Wave Optics