Platform for research and education on ground penetrating radar

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M. J. Salvador, V. Jimenez, R. G. Lopez, R. von Borries, "Platform for research and education on ground penetrating radar", Proc. SPIE 8714, Radar Sensor Technology XVII, 87141K (31 May 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2016333; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2016333


Current commercial Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) systems are found at a high cost and allow little interaction between the user and the system. This paper presents a low cost and flexible GPR platform attractive for use in education and research based on the Universal Software Radio Peripheral (USRP) developed by Ettus Research. A software application developed in Labview enables users to select and modify fundamental parameters of the transmission and reception stages of a GPR system. Users are able to modify parameters such as sampling and carrier frequencies, waveform shape, amplitude, and bandwidth. The programmability of the USRP in conjunction with the developed software tools provides a user-friendly GPR platform.