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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 45, Iss. 22 — Aug. 1, 2006
  • pp: 5686–5692

Millimeter wave imaging system for land mine detection

Todd W. Du Bosq, Jose Manuel Lopez-Alonso, and Glenn D. Boreman  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 45, Issue 22, pp. 5686-5692 (2006)

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Applications using millimeter wave (mmW) and THz radiation have increased during the past few years. One of the principal applications of these technologies is the detection and identification of objects buried beneath the soil, in particular land mines and unexploded ordnances. A novel active mmW scanning imaging system was developed for this purpose. It is a hyperspectral system that collects images at different mmW frequencies from 90   to   140   GHz using a vector network analyzer collecting backscattering mmW radiation from the buried sample. A multivariate statistical method, principal components analysis, is applied to extract useful information from these images. This method is applied to images of different objects and experimental conditions.

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OCIS Codes
(100.2980) Image processing : Image enhancement
(110.2960) Imaging systems : Image analysis
(120.1880) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Detection
(120.5700) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Reflection

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

Original Manuscript: November 21, 2005
Revised Manuscript: February 13, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: February 20, 2006

Todd W. Du Bosq, Jose Manuel Lopez-Alonso, and Glenn D. Boreman, "Millimeter wave imaging system for land mine detection," Appl. Opt. 45, 5686-5692 (2006)

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