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Spectral and polarimetric remote sensing for CBRNE applications

Paper Abstract

Optical remote sensing has become a valuable tool in many application spaces because it can be unobtrusive, search large areas efficiently, and is increasingly accessible through commercially available products and systems. In the application space of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives (CBRNE) sensing, optical remote sensing can be an especially valuable tool because it enables data to be collected from a safe standoff distance. Data products and results from remote sensing collections can be combined with results from other methods to offer an integrated understanding of the nature of activities in an area of interest and may be used to inform in-situ verification techniques. This work will overview several independent research efforts focused on developing and leveraging spectral and polarimetric sensing techniques for CBRNE applications, including system development efforts, field deployment campaigns, and data exploitation and analysis results. While this body of work has primarily focused on the application spaces of chemical and underground nuclear explosion detection and characterization, the developed tools and techniques may have applicability to the broader CBRNE domain.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 May 2019
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 11010, Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Sensing XX, 110100P (17 May 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2521098
Show Author Affiliations
Dylan Anderson, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Leah Appelhans, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Charles LaCasse, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Steve Vigil, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Robert Dzur, Bohannan Huston, Inc. (United States)
Trevor Briggs, Silent Falcon UAS Technologies (United States)
Elizabeth Miller, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Emily Schultz-Fellenz, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Julia M. Craven, Sandia National Labs. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11010:
Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Sensing XX
Jason A. Guicheteau; Chris R. Howle, Editor(s)

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