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Swing Electro-Acoustic Sensor

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
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Physical Optics Corporation
Electro-Optics Systems Division 1845 West 205th Street Torrance, CA 90501-1510
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Swing Electro-Acoustic Sensor
Agency: DOD
Contract: N68335-11-C-0296
Award Amount: $80,000.00


To address the Navy"s need for compact low-noise electrodes to be used with air-deployed electric-field sensor platforms, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Swing Electro-Acoustic Sensor (SEAS). This proposed technology is based on a new system design that utilizes in-house developed carbon fiber electrodes and an innovative electrometer concept using commercially available components. The innovation in the system and electrode fabrication technology will enable the SEAS device to detect low-frequency and low-magnitude electromagnetic fields in seawater. As a result, this technology offers operation in a wide frequency range, high sensitivity and frequency selectivity, and reliable operation in the turbulent environment, which directly addresses the Navy"s Air ASW Systems PMA-264 program and A-size buoy requirements, such as low-noise floor in both ultra-low and extremely-low frequency bands, rapid deployment, tolerance to thermal and salinity variations, and compatibility with A-size buoy container and launcher. In Phase I, POC will demonstrate the feasibility of SEAS technology and design low-noise and dry-storage electrodes by the evaluation of a conceptual benchtop prototype. In Phase II, POC plans to develop a SEAS prototype and demonstrate it in the operational environment.

Principal Investigator:

Michael Reznikov
Principal Scientist
(310) 320-3088

Business Contact:

Gordon Drew
Chief Financial Officer
(310) 320-3088
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Physical Optics Corporation
Applied Technologies Division 20600 Gramercy Place, Bldg. 100 Torrance, CA -

EIN/Tax ID: 330118051
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No