Land mines are a major humanitarian problem with millions of active mines in place around the world. Since these mines can have little metal in them, novel detection techniques are needed. Nuclear Quadrupole Resonance (NQR) is one such technique. Unfortunately, NQR is highly succeptible to radio frequency interference (RFI). A significant contribution of this thesis is the development of a custom, experimental data acquisition system designed and built specifically for capturing RFI at frequencies significant to NQR land mine detection systems. Another major contribution is the development of data analysis techniques for determining the number of reference antennas required to effectively cancel out RFI at frequencies and in environments typical of an NQR land mine detection system.
College and Department
Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology; Electrical and Computer Engineering
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Pratt, Devin Baker, "Array Analysis of Radio Frequency Interference Cancelation Requirements for a Land Mine Detection System" (2005). All Theses and Dissertations. 695.
RFI, radio frequency interference, landmine, NQR, nuclear quadrupole resonance, adaptive cancelation, adaptive cancellation, data acquisition, eigen analysis