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10 February 1999 Laser-induced acoustic imaging of underground objects
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Proceedings Volume 3534, Environmental Monitoring and Remediation Technologies; (1999)
Event: Photonics East (ISAM, VVDC, IEMB), 1998, Boston, MA, United States
This paper introduces a new demining technique based on the photo-acoustic interaction, together with results from photo- acoustic experiments. We have buried different types of targets (metal, rubber and plastic) in different media (sand, soil and water) and imaged them by measuring reflection of acoustic waves generated by irradiation with a CO2 laser. Research has been focused on the signal acquisition and signal processing. A deconvolution method using Wiener filters is utilized in data processing. Using a uniform spatial distribution of laser pulses at the ground's surface, we obtained 3D images of buried objects. The images give us a clear representation of the shapes of the underground objects. The quality of the images depends on the mismatch of acoustic impedance of the buried objects, the bandwidth and center frequency of the acoustic sensors and the selection of filter functions.
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Wen Li, Charles A. DiMarzio, Stephen W. McKnight, Gerhard O. Sauermann, and Eric L. Miller "Laser-induced acoustic imaging of underground objects", Proc. SPIE 3534, Environmental Monitoring and Remediation Technologies, (10 February 1999);

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