Microwave underground propagation and detection

Lawrence Carin, Jeffrey Sichina, James F. Harvey

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The detection of buried targets has been a problem of significant interest for decades, with microwave-based sensing constituting an important tool. In this paper, we review the basic issues that characterize microwave-based subsurface sensing. Issues considered include the use of microwaves in the context of an airborne synthetic aperture radar, as well for radars deployed close to the air-soil interface. Rough-surface induced clutter is also discussed. Particular examples are presented for detection of land mines and unexploded ordnance.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)945-952
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2002
Externally publishedYes

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