Remote Sensing of Electric Fields

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-13-C-0138
Agency Tracking Number: D131-007-0001
Amount: $99,860.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2013
Solicitation Topic Code: SB131-007
Solicitation Number: 2013.1
Small Business Information
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DUNS: 133396544
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Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Steven Lis
 (781) 400-1479
Business Contact
 Steven Lis
Title: President
Phone: (781) 400-1479
Research Institution
Electric field sensing can provide important signatures for revealing the operations adversaries that involve electrical power transmission and use. A novel approach to the remote sensing of associated electric fields is proposed that can sense field intensities similar to that found near common electrical hardware. Through a unique infrared Lidar (Light Detection and Ranging) system design, the electric field can be indirectly detected through its impact on the properties of the surrounding air. Operating at eye-safe laser wavelengths, such a system can have an effective sensing range exceeding 10 km. The Phase I effort will experimentally confirm the detectability of electric fields of the magnitude and frequency associated with common power lines in a laboratory test system, and provide an initial design concept that can implement this standoff detection method. The Phase II program will develop and test a system capable of standoff detection approaching distances as large as 10 km. It will also address the potential for improved sensitivity so as to assist in the location of hidden facilities that emit electric fields. The ultimate goal is to develop an airborne system capable of detecting facilities in denied access areas.

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