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Development of a coded-aperture backscatter imager using the UC San Diego HEXIS detector
Author(s): Anthony A. Faust; Richard E. Rothschild; William A. Heindl
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Paper Abstract

Defence R&D Canada-Suffield and the University of California, San Diego, have recently begun a collaborative effort to develop a coded aperture based X-ray backscatter imaging detector that will provide sufficient speed, contrast and spatial resolution to detect antipersonnel landmines and improvised explosive devices. While our final objective is to field a hand-held detector, we have currently constrained ourselves to a design that can be fielded on a small robotic platform. Coded aperture imaging has been used by the observational X-ray and gamma ray astronomy community for a number of years, which has driven advances in detector design that is now being realized in systems that are substantially faster, cheaper and lighter than those only a decade ago. With these advances, a coded aperture hand-held imaging system has only recently become a possibility. One group at the Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences, University of California, San Diego, has had a longterm programme developing the CZT based HEXIS detector as the detection element of a coded aperture imager. Designed as a satellite payload, this low-power system is ruggedized and light-weight, all necessary qualities for incorporation into the envisioned portable imaging system. This paper will begin with an introduction to the landmine and improvised explosive device detection problem, followed by a discussion of the HEXIS detector. We will then present early results from our proof-of-principle experiments, and conclude with a discussion on future work.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 September 2003
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5089, Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets VIII, (11 September 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.487794
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Anthony A. Faust, Defence Research and Development Canada (Canada)
Richard E. Rothschild, Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)
William A. Heindl, Univ. of California, San Diego (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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