NMC Awarded DARPA Grant


Researchers at New Mexico Consortium have been awarded a DARPA grant as part of a new DARPA program to research biological radio frequency antennas. Low-frequency electrical sensing is well known in electric eels, sharks, and other animals. Snakes, in particular pit vipers, can sense terahertz radiation. In mammals, short, strong pulses of microwaves can be heard by the animal as clicks. DARPA believes that discovery and characterization of biological antennas could have important applications, including inspiring new designs for man-made antennas.

The NMC team will be modeling the electrical properties of the inner ear, in collaboration with University of Utah, and UNM, where radio-frequency experiments will be carried out on model antennas. Experiments on whether rodents respond to certain types of pulsed radio signals will be conducted by the Lovelace Biomedical Research Institute in Albuquerque.

Other institutions participating in the program include Caltech, UCSD, University of Michigan, and Georgia Tech Research Institute.

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