Acoustic imaging of objects buried in soil

Catherine H. Frazier, Nail Çadalli, David C. Munson, William D. O'Brien

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In this study, we demonstrate an acoustic system for high-resolution imaging of objects buried in soil. Our goal is to image cultural artifacts in order to assess in a rapid manner the historical significance of a potential construction site. We describe the imaging system and present preliminary images produced from data collected from a soil phantom. A mathematical model and associated computer software are developed in order to simulate the signals acquired by the system. We have built the imaging system, which incorporates a single element source transducer and a receiver array. The source and receiver array are moved together along a linear path to collect data. Using this system, we have obtained B-mode images of several targets by using delay-and-sum beamforming, and we have also applied synthetic aperture theory to this problem. (C) 2000 Acoustical Society of America.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)147-156
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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