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Ultra-wideband ground-penetrating radar for the detection of buried metallic mines

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4 Author(s)
Earp, S.L. ; Mitre Corp., McLean, VA, USA ; Hughes, E.S. ; Elkins, T.J. ; Vickers, R.

The suitability of ultra-wideband ground-penetrating radar as a tool for the detection of buried metallic mines is explored in this paper. The analysis centers around a 200-800 MHz, dual-polarized ground penetrating radar (GPR) designed and built by SRI International. The analysis consisted of fusing the images from the dual polarizations into a single image to enhance the target objects and suppress clutter. Results are shown for several variations of a Mahalanobis-based fusion technique, and “soft decision” minefield detection results based upon Monte Carlo statistical techniques are also presented. Although relatively few scenes were analyzed, these results show that the dual-polarized GPR is potentially very effective at finding buried mines and minefields

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Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:11 ,  Issue: 9 )