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Scholars Day: April 11, 2012

Physical Concepts of Ground Penetrating Radar

This research is to study the physics behind ground-penetrating radar (GPR) for better understanding and interpretations of GPR imaging. GPR is a surveying tool that can identify features in the subsurface through the transmission and reception of EM waves which reflect off of layers with varying dielectric constants. Starting with Maxwell's Equations and deriving the EM wave propagation through matter, the behavior of waves as they reflect off boundaries is described. This research will help assess the suitability of GPR for mapping soil depths on the Onondaga Formation in Genesee County, NY. This highly agricultural area is prone to groundwater contaminations, which may be caused by thin soils (<40 in) that provide little to no filtration for pollutants. Identifying areas of high risk will enable better management practices and the protection of residents and the local economy.

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Presenter: Alexandria Kuhl (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Physics
Location: Seymour Union Main Lounge
Time: 1:15 pm Session III