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Fusion of acoustic/seismic and ground-penetrating radar sensors for antitank mine detection
Author(s): Marshall R. Bradley; James M. Sabatier; Thomas R. Witten; Michael Duncan; James Hawkins
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Paper Abstract

Data fusion from two separate and orthogonal mine detection sensors developed independently by the University of Mississippi and Planning Systems Inc. has been performed. The University of Mississippi's acoustic/seismic coupling detection is based on the measurement of ground surface vibration velocity by means of acoustic excitation and a laser Doppler vibrometer. Differences in absolute surface vibration velocity, caused by the present of buried mines, are used to infer the presence of buried land mines. Planning Systems Inc. uses ground-penetrating, synthetic- aperture radar to detect subsurface electromagnetic anomalies. Detection with the GPSAR sensor is based on differences in the dielectric constant of the ground medium and that of a buried land mine. The spatial resolutions of the two measurements are similar and the two sensors measure completely different physical properties. Dat form each system are described in detail and independent examples of performance are presented. A common geo-spatial grid is defined for both sensor systems given their respective resolving capability. Methods of simultaneous display are presented and situations in which the two systems are complementary are identified.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 October 2001
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4394, Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets VI, (18 October 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.445426
Show Author Affiliations
Marshall R. Bradley, Planning Systems Inc. (United States)
James M. Sabatier, Univ. of Mississippi (United States)
Thomas R. Witten, U.S. Army Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)
Michael Duncan, Planning Systems Inc. (United States)
James Hawkins, Planning Systems Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4394:
Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets VI
Abinash C. Dubey; James F. Harvey; J. Thomas Broach; Vivian George, Editor(s)

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