Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degree Program


First Advisor

Donald German

Second Advisor

Joseph Horowitz

Third Advisor

Ramesh Korwar

Subject Categories

Mathematics | Physical Sciences and Mathematics


The dissertation presents a method for deriving the shape of a surface from a radar image of the surface. An appropriate model of radar image formation is derived from physical principles. A Bayesian formulation of the inversion problem is developed upon which a computational strategy is based. Theoretical results on random surfaces relevant to the prior distribution are presented, and convergence and optimality properties of a new sampling algorithm are described. The technique is applied to Magellan data of Venus.

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