Multi-Layer Acoustically Transparent Sonar Array
Patent, filed 5 Jun 97, patented 15 Sep 98
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC
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A sonar array uses multiple acoustically transparent layers. One layer is a planar array of acoustic sensors that is substantially acoustically transparent. Another layer is an acoustically transparent wiring assembly that provides electrical connection to each acoustic sensor. A third acoustically transparent layer is a planar array of signal processing circuits coupled to the wiring assembly for processing electrical signals generated by the acoustic sensors. Each signal processing circuit resides within an area that is in geometric correspondence with a respective one acoustic sensor. Each signal processing circuit can include a preamplifier, an analog-to-digital converter and a digital multiplexer.
- Acoustic Detection and Detectors