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4 September 1998 Laid and flush-buried mine detection using an 8- to 12-μm polarimetric imager
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In this paper we present results we obtained in mine detection, in the course of a multi-national European research program. Trials were performed in the Joint Research Center in ISPRA, using polarimetric infrared imagers. Usually the 3 - 5 micrometer spectral band is used for this application, however we explain that the 8 - 12 micrometer band is physically a better choice. We thus obtained information on the polarization of the self emitted radiations of the objects so that our method should be more versatile regarding the environment. Images of the global intensity, the radiation global ellipticity and orientation are presented on several types of mines. The obvious increase of contrast between the observed mines and the clutter demonstrates the usefulness of this technique in mine and UXO detection.
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Marc Larive, Laurent Collot, Sebastien Breugnot, Hako Botma, and Pier Roos "Laid and flush-buried mine detection using an 8- to 12-μm polarimetric imager", Proc. SPIE 3392, Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets III, (4 September 1998);

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