Date of Thesis

2011

Thesis Type

Honors Thesis

Department

Electrical Engineering

First Advisor

Dave Kelley

Abstract

Forward-looking ground penetrating radar shows promise for detection of improvised explosive devices in active war zones. Because of certain insurmountable physical limitations, post-processing algorithm development is the most popular research topic in this field. One such investigative avenue explores the worthiness of frequency analysis during data post-processing. Using the finite difference time domain numerical method, simulations are run to test both mine and clutter frequency response. Mines are found to respond strongest at low frequencies and cause periodic changes in ground penetrating radar frequency results. These results are called into question, however, when clutter, a phenomenon generally known to be random, is also found to cause periodic frequency effects. Possible causes, including simulation inaccuracy, are considered. Although the clutter models used are found to be inadequately random, specular reflections of differing periodicity are found to return from both the mine and the ground. The presence of these specular reflections offers a potential alternative method of determining a mine’s presence.

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