Performance of demining sensors and soil properties

Kazunori Takahashi, Holger Preetz, Jan Igel

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Metal detector has commonly been used for landmine detection and ground-penetrating radar (GPR) is about to be deployed as dual sensor that is in combination with metal detector. Since both devices employ electromagnetic techniques, they are influenced by magnetic and dielectric properties of soil. To observe the influence, various soil properties as well as their spatial distributions were measured in four types of soil where a field test of metal detectors and GPRs took place. By analyzing soil properties these four types of soil were graded based on the estimated amount of influence on the detection techniques. The classification was compared to the detection performance of devices obtained from the blind test and a clear correlation between the difficulty of soil and the performance was observed; the detection and identification performance were degraded in soils that were classified as problematic. Therefore, it was demonstrated that the performance of metal detector and GPR for landmine detection can qualitatively be assessed by geophysical analyses.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDetection and Sensing of Mines, Explosive Objects, and Obscured Targets XVI
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jul 13
EventDetection and Sensing of Mines, Explosive Objects, and Obscured Targets XVI - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: 2011 Apr 252011 Apr 29

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherDetection and Sensing of Mines, Explosive Objects, and Obscured Targets XVI
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL


  • Dual sensor
  • Geophysical measurement
  • Ground-penetrating radar (gpr)
  • Landmine detection
  • Metal detector
  • Soil dielectric properties
  • Soil heterogeneity
  • Soil magnetic properties

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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