Our scanner works with a unique combination of physics, mathematics and technical innovation.
Dr Colin Stove, the founder and inspiration behind the Adrok ADR Scanner, had a distinguished career in the field of radar – working with radar sensors from both satellites and the Space Shuttle, as well as working extensively with ground penetrating radar.
This fundamental understanding of wave and light physics gave him the insight and knowledge he needed to successfully reinvent the subsurface scanner using an advanced ‘coherent’ beam (two waves working together), that has worked so effectively, it is fundamentally changing the way the exploration industry works.
Why Atomic Dielectric Resonance?
The first three letters of our name A. D. R. stand for ‘Atomic Dielectric Resonance’. And this phrase is the key to how the scanner works. This is what we create and what we interpret. We measure ‘dielectric resonance’, which is the unique way materials resonate when hit by electromagnetic waves.
How does the scanner do what other scanners can’t?
The Adrok scanner transmits and then receives back, narrow pulsed beams of micro and radio waves. When these waves cross a boundary between material types, an ‘echo’ is reflected back to the scanner.
But the ‘echo’ that is received is different to the one that was sent out. It has a slightly different resonance. Why? Because a material has its own Dielectric Permittivity – or ‘resistance’ to the electromagnetic wave that we hit it with - think of it like pouring water on a variety of household objects - all will absorb and repel the water in a different and unique way depending on what it is made of.
This ‘echo’ is as unique as a fingerprint, and can then be analyzed to reveal detailed information on the characteristics of the material that has been discovered.
Because the micro and radio waves are both absorbed and reflected by materials, we can also obtain accurate measurements of the shape and depth of the materials scanned (effectively a map).