Synthetic Aperture Radar Image Formation Processing

Course Description

Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Image Formation Processing delivers an in-depth study of SAR systems, signals and science. SAR science is established on a foundation of wave theory. SAR systems for stripmap, spotlight, spotmap, volumetric, inverse, scan, swept, etc., modes are explained. SAR signal analysis techniques are presented at a detailed mathematical level, including analyses of chirp signals for both stretch and chirp receiver systems. All SAR algorithm classes are presented, including Stolt formatting, polar formatting (including back-projection methods), hyperbolic coherent summing, spherical coherent summing (including back-propagation methods), range stacking, range-Doppler and chirp scaling. Novel methods for volumetric SAR (VolSAR) imaging are presented. Additional ancillary SAR topics are covered, including SAR image interpretation methods, antenna modeling techniques, autofocus processing and motion compensation strategies.

Course ID: DEF 3514P
Course Format: Classroom

Available Classroom Sections

Start Date End Date Registration Deadline Format Location Cost CRN
Section Details Aug 13, 2018 Aug 16, 2018 Monday, August 13, 2018 - 23:59 Classroom Las Vegas, Nevada $2,195 18299
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14375 Aug 11, 2014 Aug 14, 2014 Classroom Las Vegas, Nevada $2,495
15380 Aug 10, 2015 Aug 13, 2015 Classroom Las Vegas, Nevada $2,945
16292 Aug 15, 2016 Aug 18, 2016 Classroom Las Vegas, Nevada $2,945
17060 Feb 27, 2017 Mar 2, 2017 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $2,945
17215 Aug 14, 2017 Aug 17, 2017 Classroom Las Vegas, Nevada $2,945
18232 Mar 19, 2018 Mar 22, 2018 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $2,195

Special Discounts

GTRI employees are eligible for a discount on this course.  If you are a GTRI employee, please go to and look under “GT Professional Development” for a coupon code to use when checking out.

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  • Familiarity with Fourier transform concepts

Who Should Attend

Engineers and scientists who need knowledge about SAR system design and SAR image formation processing

How You Will Benefit

  • Discover new insights into SAR systems, signals and science
  • Learn the impact of SAR algorithm choice on SAR system design
  • Understand SAR in a unifying and comprehensive context


  • SAR Overview
  • Signal Analysis Preliminaries
  • Wave Theory Framework
  • Cross-Range Aperture Synthesis
  • Down-Range Pulse Compression
  • Chirp Signals
  • Infinite Aperture Stolt Formatting
  • Finite Aperture Stolt Formatting
  • Surface Antenna Analysis
  • SAR Signal Channel Models
  • SAR Algorithms
  • Volumetric Stolt Formatting



  • Notebook and CD-ROM of course viewgraphs
  • Polar Format and Omega-K synthetic aperture radar software
  • Textbook: Synthetic Aperture Radar, Wave Theory Foundations, Analysis and Algorithms, Barnes 2015

For Course-Related Questions

Please contact the course administrator: Christopher Barnes, Ph.D.