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Forward-looking mine detection using an ultrawideband radar
Author(s): Ravinder Kapoor; Marc A. Ressler; Gregory Smith
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, we investigate the feasibility and effectiveness of using forward-imaging ultra-wideband radar technology for vehicular-based mine detection. A synthetic aperture is formed by moving the radar form side to side while the vehicle moves forward. In addition, the changing depression angle to the image area from the forward motion of the radar allows for depth resolution. Consequently, we generate 3D images of buried mines using a back propagation approach and a method-of-moments technique to model the backscatter from buried M20 mines. We developed software to simulate different imaging scenarios in order to define system limitations and optimize parameter values. For example, we generate imagery using different radar paths, and determine the effects of side-to-side sweep rate and vehicle speed on 3D resolution and overall system performance. Simulation results will be presented along with system design recommendations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 August 2000
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4038, Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets V, (22 August 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.396192
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Ravinder Kapoor, Army Research Lab. (United States)
Marc A. Ressler, Army Research Lab. (United States)
Gregory Smith, Army Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4038:
Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets V
Abinash C. Dubey; James F. Harvey; J. Thomas Broach; Regina E. Dugan, Editor(s)

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