Seismic Detection, Miniaturized Seismometers

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$737,698.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
DE-FG02-08ER85106
Award Id:
89889
Agency Tracking Number:
n/a
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
800 Peachtree Street, Suite 1307, Atlanta, GA, 30308
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
808319839
Principal Investigator:
Neal Hall
Dr.
(404) 963-5963
neal@micro-audio.com
Business Contact:
Neal Hall
Dr.
(404) 963-5963
neal@micro-audio.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
The DOE is seeking revolutionary innovations with respect to miniature seismic sensors for the monitoring of nuclear detonations. The performance of these sensors must match the specifications of the best products available today, but with orders of magnitude reduction in size, weight, power, and cost. This project will develop these sensors via a new fabrication technology that combines silicon microfabrication, advanced meso-scale fabrication and assembly, and the use of advanced photonics-based displacement/motion detection methods. In Phase I, a ¿macro¿ prototype was used to demonstrate (1) mass elements capable of achieving noise below 1ng , and (2) the high-fidelity, ultra-miniature motion detection principle. Phase II will address low frequency noise challenges, low power consumption, ultra-miniature size, and low cross axis sensitivity. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: Successful implementation should result in a commercial product, roughly the size of a 9 volt battery, that has the ability to immediately address national security needs for nonproliferation monitoring. Additional commercial market sectors should include scientific instrumentation, oil and gas exploration, inertial navigation, and civil infrastructure monitoring.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

Agency Micro-sites


SBA logo

Department of Agriculture logo

Department of Commerce logo

Department of Defense logo

Department of Education logo

Department of Energy logo

Department of Health and Human Services logo

Department of Homeland Security logo

Department of Transportation logo

Enviromental Protection Agency logo

National Aeronautics and Space Administration logo

National Science Foundation logo
US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government