Raytheon Technologies has partnered with the academe to develop a sensor that works to detect microwave radiation at heightened sensitivity levels.
Raytheon said Wednesday that a team of scientists from the company’s BBN Technologies business worked with academic colleagues from five universities to produce the thermal microwave sensor called bolometer.
The bolometer is compised of graphene elements and an infrared radiation detector known as Josephson junction thats serves as a semiconductor switch.
Raytheon’s intelligence and space business launched the effort in a push to establish microwave radiation detection approaches for applications such as ground-based space surveillance, quantum computing, long-range IR imaging, night-vision technologies and bandwidth expansion.
The effort builds on a Raytheon-led study on graphene materials that began around eight years ago.
The project's results of have been published in the “Nature” scientific journal.