2. Basic Principles of SAR Polarimetry

  1. Jakob van Zyl and
  2. Yunjin Kim

Published Online: 4 OCT 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781118116104.ch2

Synthetic Aperture Radar Polarimetry

Synthetic Aperture Radar Polarimetry

How to Cite

van Zyl, J. and Kim, Y. (2011) Basic Principles of SAR Polarimetry, in Synthetic Aperture Radar Polarimetry, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118116104.ch2

Author Information

  1. Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 OCT 2011
  2. Published Print: 28 OCT 2011

Book Series:

  1. JPL Space Science and Technology Series

Book Series Editors:

  1. Joseph H. Yuen

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118115114

Online ISBN: 9781118116104



  • SAR polarimetry;
  • radar polarimeter;
  • electromagnetic wave polarization


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Polarization of Electromagnetic Waves

  • Mathematical Representations of Scatterers

  • Implementation of a Radar Polarimeter

  • Polarization Response

  • Optimum Polarizations

  • Contrast Enhancement

  • Summary

  • References