Sebastian Blanch

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Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) is an Earth Explorer Opportunity Mission from the European Space Agency with a launch date in 2007. Its goal is to produce global maps of soil moisture and ocean salinity variables for climatic studies using a new dual-polarization L-band (1400–1427 MHz) radiometer Microwave Imaging Radiometer by Aperture Synthesis(More)
[1] This work describes the main effects that have to be taken into account to model the sea surface emission at L-band, and the existing approaches to perform the sea surface salinity retrieval from multiangular radiometric measurements. This manuscript reviews the activities carried out in these fields during the past years by the Universitat Politècnica(More)
This paper describes AMIRAS, an airborne demonstrator of the Microwave Imaging Radiometer with Aperture Synthesis, which is the instrument onboard ESA’s Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) mission. The main electrical, mechanical, thermal, and control elements of the demonstrator are shown, together with its capabilities and performances as demonstrator(More)
In this paper a complete UWB Circular Tomographic System robust to high contrast or large objects, applied to Breast Tumor Detection, is presented. The main contribution of this paper is to focus on the implementation of a two degrees of freedom imaging setup in order to deal with non-symmetric objects and to demonstrate its functionality with realistic(More)
This work summarizes the main findings of the activities carried out in the past years by the Microwave Radiometry Team at the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) in the field of sea surface salinity retrieval within the frame of the SMOS mission in collaboration with the Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM/CMIMA-CSIC). They cover the measurement of the(More)
Optical beamforming networks (OBFNs) are an interesting alternative for the design of wideband antenna arrays, mainly due to their low losses and weight, their high parallel processing capabilities and their electromagnetic immunity. Nevertheless, for a practical implementation, different technological and architectural tradeoffs need to be assessed. In(More)