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Threat detection in desert environment with passive millimeter-wave sensor
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Paper Abstract

A new technique for improvised explosive device (IED) creation uses an explosive device buried in foam and covered in a layer of dirt. These devices are difficult to detect visually, however, their material characteristics make them detectable by passive millimeter-wave (pmmW) sensors. Results are presented from a test using a mock IED and an outdoor set-up consisting of two mock IEDs on a dirt background. The results show that the mock IEDs produces a millimeter-wave signature which is distinguishable from the background surrounding the mock IEDs. Simulations based on the measured data are presented and a design for a future vehicle mounted sensor is shown.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 May 2011
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8017, Detection and Sensing of Mines, Explosive Objects, and Obscured Targets XVI, 80170I (23 May 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.882929
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John P. Wilson, Univ. of Delaware (United States)
Christopher A. Schuetz, Phase Sensitive Innovations, Inc. (United States)
Richard D. Martin, Phase Sensitive Innovations, Inc. (United States)
Thomas E. Dillon, Phase Sensitive Innovations, Inc. (United States)
Maciej Murakowski, Univ. of Delaware (United States)
Dennis W. Prather, Univ. of Delaware (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8017:
Detection and Sensing of Mines, Explosive Objects, and Obscured Targets XVI
Russell S. Harmon; John H. Holloway; J. Thomas Broach, Editor(s)

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