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Dual-frequency microwave-enhanced infrared thermography
Author(s): Tianchen Shi; Gerhard O. Sauermann; Carey M. Rappaport; Charles A. DiMarzio
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Paper Abstract

Humanitarian landmine detection and clearance is one of the most challenging, difficult and time-consuming tasks to be completed with existing technologies. Infrared (IR) Imagery has been used to find differences in heat transfer on the surface of the soil due to a buried object. In this paper, we will describe a method, Dual Frequency Microwave Enhanced Infrared Thermography (MEIT). Heating with microwaves instead of natural sunlight leads to a number of advantages, such as more efficient heating to enhance the thermal signature, and the ability to sense electromagnetic as well as thermal properties of the buried object. However, like other IR techniques, it is limited by surface roughness. Thus, the two frequency technique is used to minimize the clutter introduced by the rough, irregular surface of the ground itself, and vegetation covering the ground. The dependence of scattered waves on frequency is weak enough to makes this possible. A 2-D computational model of this method has been developed to simulate real-world landmine detection. Moreover, ROC (Receiver Operating Characteristic) curves are used to evaluate the performance of the system applying this method.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 October 2001
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4394, Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets VI, (18 October 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.445489
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Tianchen Shi, Northeastern Univ. (United States)
Gerhard O. Sauermann, Northeastern Univ. (United States)
Carey M. Rappaport, Northeastern Univ. (United States)
Charles A. DiMarzio, Northeastern Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4394:
Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets VI
Abinash C. Dubey; James F. Harvey; J. Thomas Broach; Vivian George, Editor(s)

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