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Ultra-wide-band 3D microwave imaging scanner for the detection of concealed weapons
Author(s): Nacer-Ddine Rezgui; David A. Andrews; Nicholas J. Bowring
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Paper Abstract

The threat of concealed weapons, explosives and contraband in footwear, bags and suitcases has led to the development of new devices, which can be deployed for security screening. To address known deficiencies of metal detectors and x-rays, an UWB 3D microwave imaging scanning apparatus using FMCW stepped frequency working in the K and Q bands and with a planar scanning geometry based on an x y stage, has been developed to screen suspicious luggage and footwear. To obtain microwave images of the concealed weapons, the targets are placed above the platform and the single transceiver horn antenna attached to the x y stage is moved mechanically to perform a raster scan to create a 2D synthetic aperture array. The S11 reflection signal of the transmitted sweep frequency from the target is acquired by a VNA in synchronism with each position step. To enhance and filter from clutter and noise the raw data and to obtain the 2D and 3D microwave images of the concealed weapons or explosives, data processing techniques are applied to the acquired signals. These techniques include background subtraction, Inverse Fast Fourier Transform (IFFT), thresholding, filtering by gating and windowing and deconvolving with the transfer function of the system using a reference target. To focus the 3D reconstructed microwave image of the target in range and across the x y aperture without using focusing elements, 3D Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) techniques are applied to the post-processed data. The K and Q bands, between 15 to 40 GHz, show good transmission through clothing and dielectric materials found in luggage and footwear. A description of the system, algorithms and some results with replica guns and a comparison of microwave images obtained by IFFT, 2D and 3D SAR techniques are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 October 2015
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9651, Millimetre Wave and Terahertz Sensors and Technology VIII, 965108 (21 October 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2197581
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Nacer-Ddine Rezgui, Manchester Metropolitan Univ. (United Kingdom)
David A. Andrews, Manchester Metropolitan Univ. (United Kingdom)
Nicholas J. Bowring, Manchester Metropolitan Univ. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9651:
Millimetre Wave and Terahertz Sensors and Technology VIII
Neil A. Salmon; Eddie L. Jacobs, Editor(s)

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