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Land mine detection using backscattered x-ray radiography
Author(s): Joseph C. Wehlburg; Jennifer Jacobs; Steve L. Shope; Grant J. Lockwood; Michael M. Selph
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Paper Abstract

The implementation of a backscattered x-ray landmine detection system has been demonstrated in laboratories at both Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) and the University of Florida (UF). The next step was to evaluate the modality by assembling a system for fieldwork and to evaluate the systems performance with real laboratories. To assess the system's response to a variety of objects, buried simulated plastic and metal antitank landmines, surface simulated plastic antipersonnel landmines, and surface metal fragments were used as targets for the field test. The location of the test site was an unprepared field at SNL. The tests conducted using real landmines were held at UF using various burial depths. The field tests yielded the same levels of discrimination between soil and landmines that had been detected in laboratory experiments. The tests on the real landmines showed that the simulated landmines were a good approximation. The real landmines also contained internal features that would allow not only the detection of the landmines, but also the identification of them.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 October 1999
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 3769, Penetrating Radiation Systems and Applications, (1 October 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.363675
Show Author Affiliations
Joseph C. Wehlburg, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Jennifer Jacobs, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Steve L. Shope, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Grant J. Lockwood, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Michael M. Selph, Sandia National Labs. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3769:
Penetrating Radiation Systems and Applications
F. Patrick Doty, Editor(s)

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