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Stand-off thermal IR minefield survey: system concept and experimental results
Author(s): Frank Cremer; Thanh Trung Nguyen; Lixin Yang; Hichem Sahli
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Paper Abstract

A detailed description of the CLEARFAST system for thermal IR stand-off minefield survey is given. The system allows (i) a stand-off diurnal observation of hazardous area, (ii) detecting anomalies, i.e. locating and searching for targets which are thermally and spectrally distinct from their surroundings, (iii) estimating the physical parameters, i.e. depth and thermal diffusivity, of the detected anomalies, and (iv) providing panoramic (mosaic) images indicating the locations of suspect objects and known markers. The CLEARFAST demonstrator has been successfully deployed and operated, in November 2004, in a real minefield within the United Nations Buffer Zone in Cyprus. The paper describes the main principles of the system and illustrates the processing chain on a set of real minefield images, together with qualitative and quantitative results.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 June 2005
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5794, Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets X, (10 June 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.626264
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Frank Cremer, Interuniversity Micro Electronics Ctr. (Belgium)
Thanh Trung Nguyen, Vrije Univ. Brussel (Belgium)
Lixin Yang, Vrije Univ. Brussel (Belgium)
Hichem Sahli, Interuniversity Micro Electronics Ctr. (Belgium)
Vrije Univ. Brussel (Belgium)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5794:
Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets X
Russell S. Harmon; J. Thomas Broach; John H. Holloway, Editor(s)

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