A time-reversal FDTD method for image reconstruction in the presence of noise

Ayed R. AlAjmi, Mohammad A. Saed

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A new method for image reconstruction using the time-reversed finite-difference time-domain method (TR-FDTD) in severely noisy environments is presented. The proposed method combines crosscorrelation processing with TR-FDTD to successfully produce clear images even in the presence of large amount of noise in the captured signals. The method's capabilities are demonstrated through simulations and experiments in the x-band frequency region (8-12 GHz). Behind the wall imaging was used as a test case to validate the method. Numerical and experimental noise were added to corrupt the signals, and images were reconstructed with and without the added noise. The proposed method successfully produced clear images while the standard TR-FDTD method resulted in unrecognizable images. The efficacy and robustness of the proposed technique make it promising for applications including through-wall and buried-objects imaging in noisy environments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)848-854
Number of pages7
JournalApplied Computational Electromagnetics Society Journal
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2017


  • Cross-correlation
  • FDTD
  • Microwave imaging
  • Time reversal


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