Masters Theses


"This thesis focuses on the development of novel schemes for the detection of unintended electromagnetic emissions (UEE) from passive radio frequency (RF) receivers and chemical and biological (CB) agents for the purpose of locating explosive threats (ET) to improve survivability for equipment and personnel in the surrounding environment. The methods and architectures used in this work were developed for use with wireless sensor networks (WSNs). While previous work has shown that highly sensitive equipment is capable of long-range detection of UEE the intention of this work is to develop a network of small, low cost smart sensor nodes (SSNs) capable of short-range detection. Also, the use of zeolite sensors for the detection of CB agents was developed in a similar manner with efforts spent on the integration of the sensor, the routing protocol, and multiple layers of the stackable SSN design. The combination of electromagnetic (EM) and CB detection systems lead to a strategic duet of technologies for the detection of ET through the use of small, low cost WSNs. Experimental results indicate that UEE are detectable from passive circuitry and CB agents can be identified using zeolite sensors"--Abstract, page iii.


Sarangapani, Jagannathan, 1965-

Committee Member(s)

Corns, Steven
Guardiola, Ivan


Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Systems Engineering


Air Force Research Laboratory (Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio)
Leonard Wood Institute


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Spring 2010


ix, 60 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 54-59).


© 2010 Jake Daniel Hertenstein, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

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Subject Headings

Explosives -- Detection
Wireless sensor networks -- Design
Embedded computer systems

Thesis Number

T 10194

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