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Ground-penetrating radar for buried mine detection
Author(s): Paul D. Sargis; F. Dean Lee; E. Stephen Fulkerson; Billy J. McKinley; William D. Aimonetti
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Paper Abstract

LLNL is developing an ultra-wideband, side-looking, ground- penetrating impulse radar system that can be mounted on an airborne platform for the purpose of locating buried mines. The radar system is presently mounted on an 18-meter boom. We have successfully imaged a minefield located at the Nevada Test Site. The minefield consists of real and surrogate mines of various materials and sizes placed in natural vegetation. Some areas have been cleared for noncluttered studies. A technical description of the system will be presented, describing the wideband antennas, the video pulser, the receiver hardware, and the data acquisition system. The receiver and data acquisition hardware are off-the- shelf components. The data was processed using LLLNL-developed image reconstruction software, and has been registered against the ground truth data. Images showing clearly visible mines, surface reference markers, and ground clutter will be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 July 1994
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2217, Aerial Surveillance Sensing Including Obscured and Underground Object Detection, (22 July 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.179962
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Paul D. Sargis, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
F. Dean Lee, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
E. Stephen Fulkerson, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Billy J. McKinley, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
William D. Aimonetti, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2217:
Aerial Surveillance Sensing Including Obscured and Underground Object Detection
Ivan Cindrich; Nancy DelGrande; Sankaran Gowrinathan; Peter B. Johnson; James F. Shanley, Editor(s)

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