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4 September 1998 PMMW data collection results
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Coastal Systems Station under the sponsorship of the Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare Technology Directorate are exploring the use of a Passive Millimeter Wave (PMMW) sensor for stand off airborne mine detection. In the development of any new technology application, there exist a critical need to develop a balanced modeling and measurement capability. Both will complement one another. Nichols Research has established a physics-based image modeling capability for Passive Millimeter Wave (PMMW) systems. This modeling capability has been used to estimate the performance of a PMMW mine detection system. But, in order to accurately predict the performance of a PMMW imaging system, the background clutter characteristics must be characterized and the modeling results verified against measured data. In fact, in the case of a well designed sensor, the background clutter will define the systems overall performance making accurate knowledge of the clutter statistical variations critical. However currently, there is a lack of high resolution PMMW imagery of backgrounds, due to a lack of data collection instrumentation. This paper will present the results from a preliminary PMMW data collection to provide data for the assessment of a PMMW mine detection system. The data collection results will characterize both surface and buried mine detection capabilities under a variety of conditions. It is a well-established fact that no single sensor will be capable of solving the mine detection problem. Instead, a suite of complementary sensors is required. There is however a lack of an extensive data set of sensor modalities collected in a single sample area. Therefore as a secondary objective of this data collection, several sensor modalities will be used to simultaneously collect mine and minefield data. These results will also be presented.
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Bradley T. Blume, Andrew Resnick, Joseph Foster, Charles J. Albers Jr., Ned H. Witherspoon, and John H. Holloway Jr. "PMMW data collection results", Proc. SPIE 3392, Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets III, (4 September 1998);

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