The Smart Sensors and Electronics Systems Branch conducts research and development of adaptable instrumentation, which incorporates electronics as necessary to enable intelligent measurement systems for ongoing and future aerospace propulsion and space exploration programs.
Emphasis is on smart sensors and electronics systems with improved performance and capabilities that can operate at high temperature or in extreme environments and for safety, security, surveillance, diagnostic health monitoring, and control functions.
Focused areas of work include: sensing concepts; wireless sensor technologies; energy harvesting; electronic devices; integrated circuits; and the related areas of microfabrication processing techniques, sensor-device integration, and packaging. Specific areas of work include thin film sensors for temperature, strain, heat flux and flow measurements; chemical species sensors for leak detection, emission, safety, human health, and environmental monitoring; silicon carbide (SiC)-based electronic devices for signal conditioning and processing, sensors, and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS); and nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS)-based sensors and electronics.
The Branch is equipped to fabricate smart sensors and electronics systems in micro/nano scales. Facilities include crystal growth laboratories, cleanrooms for sensor and device microfabrication, and laboratories for packaging, test, evaluation, and reliability studies of sensors and electronic devices.