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10 June 2005 Analysis of spectral phenomenology in the detection of landmines
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Georgia Tech is leading a spectral phenomenology research effort as a component of a Multi-University Research Initiative; these efforts are focused on studying the impact of environmental processes on electro-optical signatures. In particular, this program is conducting phenomenological studies on hyperspectral and polarimetric signatures of landmines and backgrounds in the visible and infrared wavebands. Research studies have focused on the impact of various environmental factors and processes (e.g., subsurface processes) on the resultant spectral infrared signatures. A variety of approaches have been employed in this research to gain a better understanding of the impact of the environment on the spectral and polarimetric characteristics of soil and landmine signatures. These approaches include theoretical analyses, physics-based signature modeling, field measurements, and laboratory studies. Results from these continuing studies will be presented that underscore the importance of incorporating the environmental processes into the signature analyses and analyze the impact of these processes on detection algorithm development. The results of these analyses have been propagated to algorithm developers to permit the creation of more robust processing techniques.
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J. Michael Cathcart and Robert D. Bock "Analysis of spectral phenomenology in the detection of landmines", Proc. SPIE 5794, Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets X, (10 June 2005);

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