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Detecting buried nonmetal objects using soil magnetic susceptibility measurements
Author(s): Haoping Huang; I. J. Won; Bill San Filipo
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Paper Abstract

Soil magnetic susceptibility is always greater than zero and is detectable using an electromagnetic (EM) induction sensor. When the frequency-domain EM response is affected by magnetic polarization, the in-phase component becomes negative at the low frequency and proportional to the ground magnetic susceptibility. The in-phase measurement can thus be used to compute the apparent magnetic susceptibility. This approach provides a means of detecting a buried object based on it susceptibility contrast to the host medium. For example, an M19 anti-tank mine is physically large (33cm×33cm×9cm) but has so little metal that metal detectors can miss it. When an M19 is buried in soil, it produces a cavity in magnetic susceptibility, which may be detected as a region of low or anomalous apparent susceptibility compared to the surrounding area. We derived a simple formula to compute the apparent magnetic susceptibility from the in-phase data at the resistive limit. The behavior of the apparent susceptibility for layered earth models has been studied using synthetic data. Apparent susceptibility anomalies may be predicted from these studies based on the susceptibility contrast, and geometry of the sensor and target. Finally, we present experimental data obtained using two sensors, a GEM-2 and a GEM-3.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 September 2003
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5089, Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets VIII, (11 September 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.485952
Show Author Affiliations
Haoping Huang, Geophex, Ltd. (United States)
I. J. Won, Geophex, Ltd. (United States)
Bill San Filipo, Geophex, Ltd. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5089:
Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets VIII
Russell S. Harmon; John H. Holloway; J. T. Broach, Editor(s)

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