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Micro-Mechanical Tunneling Transducer

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
89692
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
85878
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
AGILTRON, INC.
15 Presidential WAy WOBURN, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Micro-Mechanical Tunneling Transducer
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-08ER85084
Award Amount: $99,906.00
 

Abstract:

Precisely sensing nuclear detonations is critical to preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Extreme sensitivity on the order of approximately 0.5 ng/sqrt(Hz) is desired, along with robustness and low cost. All three axes of acceleration must be detected. However, current sensors are too large or too insensitive to be widely distributed in a sensor network. To overcome these limitations, this project will develop a Micro-Mechanical Tunneling Transducer, based on the physics of atomic tunneling currents. The device will be extremely sensitive, measure simultaneously in three axes, have very low noise, and be inexpensive to manufacture in large quantities. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: In addition to the monitoring of nuclear detonations, the vibration/acceleration sensor should benefit other geophysical applications such as the Global Seismographic Network, and also find use in the aerospace, medicine, and robotics industries.

Principal Investigator:

Jing Zhao
Dr.
7819351200
Jzhao@agiltron.com

Business Contact:

Geoffrey Burnham
Dr.
7819351200
Gburnham@agiltron.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Agiltron, Inc.
15 Cabot Road Woburn, MA 01801

EIN/Tax ID: 043539587
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No