This paper investigates the phase glint problem involved in interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) image processing, which refers to the multiple scatterer interference of a single pixel, and studies the distribution of interferometric phase in the case of double scatterer interference. It is found that the value range of the observed interferometric phase is related to several factors including the complex scattering coefficient ratio and interferometric phase difference between the elementary scatterers, and no matter what values of interferometric phases of elementary scatterers are taken, the dynamic range of interferometric phase of phase glintis always. This paper also briefly analyzes the impact of phase glint on classical InSAR image processing and man-made target height retrieval, and it is concluded that the phase glint will induce significant height estimating error. Simulation and real data results verify the conclusion.
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