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Laser-induced acoustic imaging of buried land mines: experiment and modeling
Author(s): Stephen W. McKnight; Johnathan J. Stott; Charles A. DiMarzio; Robin Cleveland; Ronald A. Roy
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Paper Abstract

The use for subsurface buried object detection of high-frequency (15-30 kHz) acoustic waves generated by CO2 laser pulses incident on the surface of dry sand has been demonstrated previously. In this work, field tests of the technique have demonstrated imaging of landmine simulants buried 2.5 cm below the surface in an outdoor test track. Acoustic finite-difference time-domain calculations have given insight into the observed acoustic lineshapes and verified that the over-estimate of the target dimensions in the outdoor field trials may be related to the lower frequency detector used in these measurements. The models also suggest that a large increase in detected signal may potentially be gained by the use of a Laser Doppler Vibrometer interfacial velocity detector in the place of the present airborne microphone.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 October 2001
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4394, Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets VI, (18 October 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.445515
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Stephen W. McKnight, Northeastern Univ. (United States)
Johnathan J. Stott, Northeastern Univ. (United States)
Charles A. DiMarzio, Northeastern Univ. (United States)
Robin Cleveland, Boston Univ. (United States)
Ronald A. Roy, Boston Univ. (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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