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Suggested soil characterization techniques and surrogate targets for ultrawideband radar mine detection experiments
Author(s): Benny C.Y. Wong; Ian J. Chant; Graeme Neil Crisp; Karl A. Kappra; Keith Sturgess; Alan R. Rye; Kelly D. Sherbondy
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Paper Abstract

The Technical Cooperation Program subgroup K Action Group 23 is engaged in collaborative ultra-wideband (UWB) radar land mien detection experiments using instruments located in Australia, Canada, the UK and the US. In order to compare results, it is essential to develop standard characterization techniques to provide an improved basis for comparison of data and radar techniques. This paper discusses some suggested standard soil characterization techniques and standardized targets for UWB GPR mine detection experiments. For land mine detection using ground penetrating radar, it is the electrical characterization of soil over the relevant frequency range that is important. Some results of analysis of soil from test sites are given and discussed. Standardized targets are needed to allow reliable comparison of independently conducted experiments. Surrogate targets for this purpose need to be safely handled and deployed, sufficiently realistic to allow estimation of mine detection performance, and easily transported across national boundaries. It is desirable to have simple targets to allow comparison of numerical models with experiment. The design of a limited target set is discussed and sample signature measurements are presented in this and companion papers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 July 1997
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 3079, Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets II, (22 July 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.280885
Show Author Affiliations
Benny C.Y. Wong, Defence Research Establishment Ottawa (Canada)
Ian J. Chant, Defence Science and Technology Organisation (Australia)
Graeme Neil Crisp, Defence Evaluation and Research Agency Malvern (United Kingdom)
Karl A. Kappra, Army Research Lab. (United States)
Keith Sturgess, Army Research Lab. (United States)
Alan R. Rye, Defence Science and Technology Organisation (Australia)
Kelly D. Sherbondy, U.S. Army Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3079:
Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets II
Abinash C. Dubey; Robert L. Barnard, Editor(s)

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