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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 20 — Sep. 24, 2012
  • pp: 22344–22359

Remote detection of buried land-mines and IEDs using LWIR polarimetric imaging

Kristan P. Gurton and Melvin Felton  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 20, pp. 22344-22359 (2012)

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We report results of an ongoing study designed to assess the ability for enhanced detection of recently buried land-mines and/or improvised explosive devices (IED) devices using passive long-wave infrared (LWIR) polarimetric imaging. Polarimetric results are presented for a series of field tests conducted at various locations and soil types. Well-calibrated Stokes images, S0, S1, S2, and the degree-of-linear-polarization (DoLP) are recorded for different line-of-sight (LOS) slant paths at varying distances. Results span a three-year time period in which three different LWIR polarimetric camera systems are used. All three polarimetric imaging platforms used a spinning-achromatic-retarder (SAR) design capable of achieving high polarimetric frame rates and good radiometric throughput without the loss of spatial resolution inherent in other optical designs. Receiver-operating-characteristic (ROC) analysis and a standardized contrast parameter are used to compare detectability between conventional LWIR thermal and polarimetric imagery. Results suggest improved detectability, regardless of geographic location or soil type.

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OCIS Codes
(040.2480) Detectors : FLIR, forward-looking infrared
(280.4991) Remote sensing and sensors : Passive remote sensing
(110.5405) Imaging systems : Polarimetric imaging

ToC Category:
Remote Sensing

Original Manuscript: May 17, 2012
Revised Manuscript: July 6, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: July 8, 2012
Published: September 14, 2012

Kristan P. Gurton and Melvin Felton, "Remote detection of buried land-mines and IEDs using LWIR polarimetric imaging," Opt. Express 20, 22344-22359 (2012)

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