LITTLE FALLS, N.J., 19 July 2006. mPhase Technologies Inc. presented a prototype of its ultra-sensitive magnetometer at the Mid Atlantic & Aviation Technologies Conference held at the Federal Aviation Administration facility at Atlantic City Airport in Pomona, N.J.
mPhase's prototype is based on a microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) design and requires no cooling to sense the presence or changes in a magnetic field.
mPhase has confirmed in laboratory tests that its device, a few millimeters in size, is more sensitive by an order of magnitude than available un-cooled sensors of comparable size and power. This opens up opportunities for creating sensor networks that could be used to enhance and facilitate civil aviation security.
Sensor networks could be designed to communicate data wirelessly, requiring a power source like the prototype reserve battery that mPhase is developing, based on a novel nano-structure.
Both prototype physical structures demonstrated resiliency to shock and acceleration in recent air gun tests conducted at Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey. The results imply that magnetometers based on a MEMS structure and nano-structured reserve batteries could be used in places where they are subjected to very high shock and vibration, with wide applications in a broad array of defense and security sensor networks, where durability and ruggedness are required.