Concept Study of Multi Sensor Detection Imaging and Explosive Confirmation of Mines
RATON TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INC NM
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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.
- Land Mine Warfare
- Miscellaneous Detection and Detectors