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Quantum Sensor for Direction Finding and Geolocation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-18-P-1124
Agency Tracking Number: F17A-028-0160
Amount: $149,980.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF17A-T028
Solicitation Number: 2017.0
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-10-25
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-06-30
Small Business Information
175 Clearbrook Road
Elmsford, NY 10523
United States
DUNS: 103734869
HUBZone Owned: Yes
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Patrick Truitt
 (914) 592-1190
Business Contact
 Phil Puma
Phone: (914) 592-1190
Research Institution
 University California Riverside
 Misty Madero
900 University Ave
Riverside, CA 92521
United States

 (951) 827-2210
 Nonprofit College or University

In this STTR phase I, HYPRES and University of California Riverside will demonstrate the feasibility of a three-dimensional electromagnetic (EM) sensor for accurate vector sensing and geo-location of complex RF emitters exploiting the novel quantum electrodynamic properties stemming from innovations in superconducting nanoelectronics specifically in utilizing direct-write, high temperature superconducting (HTS) nano-Josephson junction (nano-JJ) SQUID sensors configured using our patented anti-gradiometer technique. The SQUID technology is based on direct-write technique using helium focused helium ion beam (FHB). We will develop analytical solutions for a three-dimensional EM sensor that exhibit quantum properties. We will incorporate these properties into direction finding (DF) and geo location energy vector formulations for an enhanced representation of an RF signal with respect to time accuracy. We will design a three-dimensional quantum-based EM sensor with accompanying complex EM vector signal formulations using our patent-pending Anti-gradiometer DF approach.We will develop and apply a powerful 3D program to simulate DF circuits based on nano-JJ technology enabled by HTS SQUIDs made with FHD process. Designs will be simulated, designed and evaluated. The project will lead to the development of high-sensitivity instrumentation with superior performance, small cost, weight, size and power with high commercial potential.

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