The University of New Mexico Center for High Technology Materials hosts an Introduction to Synthetic Aperture Radar presented by Armin Doerry on Friday, Nov. 3 from 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. in CHTM Room 101. 

Doerry is a distinguished member of Technical Staff in the ISR Mission Engineering Department of Sandia National Laboratories and a research professor at CHTM. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from UNM and has worked in numerous aspects of Synthetic Aperture Radar and other radar systems’ analysis, design and fabrication since 1987.

Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) is a radar imaging mode that maps radar reflectivity of the ground. It's an important earth resource monitoring and analysis tool in civilian and government communities, and an important intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance tool for the military and intelligence communities.

The seminar is intended to provide an introduction to the physical concepts, processing, performance, features and exploitation modes that make SAR work, and make it useful. Although mathematics will be shown in some parts of the presentation, the lecture will focus on the qualitative significance of the mathematics rather than dry derivations. Liberal use of example SAR images and other data products will be used to illustrate the concepts discussed.

The seminar is intended for scientists, engineers, technicians or managers who wish to learn more about radar based imaging of land and sea surfaces.