Active Infrared Technique for Landmine Detection: Numerical and Experimental Results

P. Fallavollita[1,2], S. Esposito[1,2], and M. Balsi[1,2]
[1]Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Informazione, Elettronica e Telecomunicazioni, “La Sapienza” University, Rome, Italy
[2]Humanitarian Demining Laboratory, Cisterna di Latina, Italy

Landmines are an open problem in many countries of the world. They cause injuriesand death and no technique proposed to date guarantees fast and 100% reliable detection alone. To this purpose, at the Humanitarian Demining Laboratory of “La Sapienza” University of Rome, several solutions are being studied. In this paper, numerical simulations of a prototype thermal detection system are reported, and results compared to experimental results. COMSOL simulation allowed complete understanding of physical mechanisms involved, and parametric simulation was used for design and optimization of the system.