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Polarization differences in airborne ground penetrating radar performance for landmine detection
Author(s): Traian Dogaru; Calvin Le
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Paper Abstract

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) has investigated the ultra-wideband (UWB) radar technology for detection of landmines, improvised explosive devices and unexploded ordnance, for over two decades. This paper presents a phenomenological study of the radar signature of buried landmines in realistic environments and the performance of airborne synthetic aperture radar (SAR) in detecting these targets as a function of multiple parameters: polarization, depression angle, soil type and burial depth. The investigation is based on advanced computer models developed at ARL. The analysis includes both the signature of the targets of interest and the clutter produced by rough surface ground. Based on our numerical simulations, we conclude that low depression angles and H-H polarization offer the highest target-to-clutter ratio in the SAR images and therefore the best radar performance of all the scenarios investigated.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 May 2016
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 9829, Radar Sensor Technology XX, 98290B (12 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2227877
Show Author Affiliations
Traian Dogaru, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)
Calvin Le, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9829:
Radar Sensor Technology XX
Kenneth I. Ranney; Armin Doerry, Editor(s)

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