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Novel magnetic and chemical microsensors for in-situ, real-time, and unattended use
Author(s): Irene Datskou; Slobodan Rajic; Panos G. Datskos
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Paper Abstract

There exists a need to develop novel, advanced, unattended magnetic and chemical micro-sensor systems for successful detection, localization, classification and tracking of ground time critical targets of interest. Consistent with the underlying long-term objectives of the development of unattended ground sensors program we have investigated the use of a new planted ground sensor platform based on Micro- Electro-Mechanical Systems that can offer magnetic, chemical and possibly acoustic detection. The envisioned micro-system will be low-power and low-cost and will be built around a single type of microstructure element integration a monolithic optical system and electronics package. This micro sensor can also incorporate burst telemetry to transmit the information, a renewable power source and will be capable of operating under field conditions, with sufficient sensitivity to permit high detection rates, and with sufficient chemical selectivity to prevent high false alarm rates. Preliminary studies, initial designs, and key predicted performance parameters will be presented. Possible applications of such as system include sensitive perimeter monitoring such as minefields and military/nuclear bases, vehicle detection, and aircraft navigation systems, and drug enforcement operations. The results of the present work demonstrate that the microcalorimetric spectroscopy technique can be applied to detect and identify chemicals in the ppm level and the studied microcantilever-based magnetometer can provide sensitivities in the order of 1(mu) T.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 July 1999
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3713, Unattended Ground Sensor Technologies and Applications, (30 July 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.357123
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Irene Datskou, Environmental Engineering Group, Inc. (United States)
Slobodan Rajic, Oak Ridge National Lab. (United States)
Panos G. Datskos, Oak Ridge National Lab. and Univ. of Tennessee/Knoxville (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3713:
Unattended Ground Sensor Technologies and Applications
Edward M. Carapezza; David B. Law; K. Terry Stalker, Editor(s)

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