Detection and location of buried objects using active thermal sensing

Dana E. Poulain, Scott A. Schaub, Dennis R. Alexander, Joseph K. Krause

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In this work we examine the feasibility of active thermal sensing of buried objects. A 1.5 kW carbon dioxide laser is used to provide a thermal impulse to the surface of a sand test bed containing simulated metallic landmines. Time- dependent thermal images of the induced surface temperature differentials are obtained using an infrared focal plane array imaging system. Experimental results are reported for two target sizes and four thermal pulse conditions. Quantitative evaluation of the induced surface temperature differentials as a function of time are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)861-866
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 1998
EventDetection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets III - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: Apr 13 1998Apr 13 1998


  • Landmines
  • Laser heating
  • Thermal imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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