23 May 2011 Threat detection in desert environment with passive millimeter-wave sensor
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A new technique for improvised explosive device (IED) creation uses an explosive device buried in foam and covered in a layer of dirt. These devices are difficult to detect visually, however, their material characteristics make them detectable by passive millimeter-wave (pmmW) sensors. Results are presented from a test using a mock IED and an outdoor set-up consisting of two mock IEDs on a dirt background. The results show that the mock IEDs produces a millimeter-wave signature which is distinguishable from the background surrounding the mock IEDs. Simulations based on the measured data are presented and a design for a future vehicle mounted sensor is shown.
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John P. Wilson, Christopher A. Schuetz, Richard D. Martin, Thomas E. Dillon, Maciej Murakowski, Dennis W. Prather, "Threat detection in desert environment with passive millimeter-wave sensor", Proc. SPIE 8017, Detection and Sensing of Mines, Explosive Objects, and Obscured Targets XVI, 80170I (23 May 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.882929; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.882929
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