Uniform polarimetric matrix rotation theory

Si Wei Chen, Yong Zhen Li, Da Hai Dai, Xue Song Wang, Shun Ping Xiao, Motoyuki Sato

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This paper presents the development of a uniform polarimetric matrix rotation theory in the rotation domain along the radar line of sight for polarimetric SAR (PolSAR) data interpretation. The uniform representation of each coherency matrix element is a sinusoidal function in the rotation domain. A set of oscillation parameters, including oscillation amplitude, oscillation center, angular frequency and initial angle, is proposed to fully characterize the scattering behavior in the rotation domain. A set of rotation angle parameters, including stationary angle, null angle, and minimization/ maximization angles, is derived from the angular frequency and initial angle to indicate the specific states of the rotation property. A look-up table for these parameters is provided and their physical meanings are interpreted. The proposed theory generalizes both the classic polarization orientation (PO) angle originally derived from the covariance matrix in a circular polarization basis and the deorientation theory developed from the minimization of the cross-polarization term. The roll-invariant terms have also been summarized. Finally, multi-frequency AIRSAR and Pi-SAR PolSAR data sets are used to demonstrate the derived parameters.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2013 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2013 - Proceedings
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event2013 33rd IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2013 - Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Duration: 2013 Jul 212013 Jul 26

Publication series

NameInternational Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS)


Other2013 33rd IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2013
CityMelbourne, VIC


  • Coherency matrix
  • Deorientation
  • Polarimetry
  • Polarization orientation angle
  • Rotation
  • Synthetic aperture radar (SAR)
  • Uniform representation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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