E-Field Sensor for Submarine Detection

Period of Performance: 06/16/2015 - 01/15/2016


Phase 1 STTR

Recipient Firm

Virtual EM, Inc.
3055 Plymouth Rd, Ste 200
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Firm POC, Principal Investigator

Research Institution

University of Michigan
3003 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Institution POC


A major challenge in MAD for submarine detection is the separation of the background magnetic noise from the magnetic field anomalies caused by a submarine. Virtual EM Inc., in partnership with the University of Michigan (UM), proposes to develop a novel electric field sensor system for measurement of the background magnetic noise by correlating the magnetic field background noise with the changing electric field. The primary advantages of this technique is that it allows for a real time measurement of background magnetic field noise with the sensor in close proximity to the magnetic field sensor used for detecting the magnetic anomalies caused by a submarine. This allows both sensors to be placed on a single UAV.