Accession Number : ADA344194
Title : Concept Study of Multi Sensor Detection Imaging and Explosive Confirmation of Mines
Descriptive Note : Final rept.
Corporate Author : RATON TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INC NM
Personal Author(s) : Stolarczyk, Larry G
Report Date : 20 Mar 1998
Pagination or Media Count : 66
Abstract : To achieve a quantum leap forward in humanitarian demining and counter mining, a handheld instrument capable of detecting metallic and non-metallic landmines is needed. Metal detectors (MD) cannot detect non-metallic mines and detection sensitivity degrades in magnetic soil. Because metal detection sensitivity can be increased to detect low metal content in some non-metallic mines, some alarms significantly increase. Prodding the soil overlying a suspected mine with metal rods is needed to create a mental image of the object. Imaging, especially high resolution imaging, would minimize and perhaps eliminate prodding. This scientific and engineering study concluded that electromagnetic wave detection and imaging technology (EDIT) featuring a resonant microstrip patch antenna (RMPA) provides a quick look at shallow buried objects. Scans of 1X1 meter square areas can be completed in minutes while producing silhouettes of the buried objects. Lateral migration radiography (LMR) and nuclear quadripole resonance (NQA) instruments become field deployable when only required to scan the area of the EDIT silhouette. Much higher resolution of LMR contributes to the quantum leap forward in landmine detection technology.
Descriptors : *RADIOGRAPHY , *LAND MINES , *COUNTERMINING , SIGNAL PROCESSING , IMAGE PROCESSING , MAGNETIC FIELDS , MINE CLEARANCE , BURIED OBJECTS , METAL DETECTORS , MAGNETIC DETECTION , NUCLEAR QUADRUPOLE RESONANCE
Subject Categories : Land Mine Warfare
Miscellaneous Detection and Detectors
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE