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Microcantilever sensor platform for UGV-based detection
Author(s): Tyson T. Lawrence; A. E. Halleck; Peter S. Schuler; K. K. Mahmud; David R. Hicks
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Paper Abstract

The increased use of Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) drives the need for new lightweight, low cost sensors. Microelectromechanical System (MEMS) based microcantilever sensors are a promising technology to meet this need, because they can be manufactured at low cost on a mass scale, and are easily integrated into a UGV platform for detection of explosives and other threat agents. While the technology is extremely sensitive, selectivity is a major challenge and the response modes are not well understood. This work summarizes advances in characterizing ultrasensitive microcantilever responses, sampling considerations, and sensor design and cantilever coating methodologies consistent with UGV point detector needs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 April 2010
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 7664, Detection and Sensing of Mines, Explosive Objects, and Obscured Targets XV, 766416 (29 April 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.853563
Show Author Affiliations
Tyson T. Lawrence, Triton Systems, Inc. (United States)
A. E. Halleck, Triton Systems, Inc. (United States)
Peter S. Schuler, Triton Systems, Inc. (United States)
K. K. Mahmud, Triton Systems, Inc. (United States)
David R. Hicks, U.S. Army Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7664:
Detection and Sensing of Mines, Explosive Objects, and Obscured Targets XV
Russell S. Harmon; John H. Holloway; J. Thomas Broach, Editor(s)

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