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Low Profile Multi-Mode Tamper Detection Sensors

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Department of Defense
Office of the Secretary of Defense
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2007 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Radiance Technologies Inc.
350 Wynn Drive Huntsville, AL 35805-1961
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Low Profile Multi-Mode Tamper Detection Sensors
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Contract: FA8650-07-C-8102
Award Amount: $749,996.00


A multi-layered approach to tamper detection is emerging that consists of two complementary sensor technologies: micro-electro-mechanical-system (MEMS) vibrational sensors to detect acoustic and grinding threats, and a nanoparticle-doped thin film sensor that is responsive to x-ray and focused ion beam (FIB) radiation. The sensors not only will detect an attack, but also characterize it, and a report or a penalty response may be invoked. The size of these cantilevers will allow multiple redundancies for multiple frequencies without impacting the host device. In Phase I it was clearly demonstrated that multiple micro-cantilever beam arrays can be designed that will cover multiple frequency bands. The thin film is covert, requires no maintenance, does not affect the performance of the device being protected, is projected to be inexpensive to fabricate and apply, and since the material chemistry is highly stable, it should have a long shelf life. Importantly, since these technologies do not affect the performance of the device, they are applicable to legacy as well as new systems. Phase II will continue the advanced development of these technologies, leading to a product that is producible and cost-effective for military or commercial uses.

Principal Investigator:

Joseph Frederick
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Victor D. Balch
Director of Contracts
Small Business Information at Submission:

350 Wynn Drive Huntsville, AL 35805

EIN/Tax ID: 631204084
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No