Dr. Susan Berggren, SSC Pacific Cryogenic Exploitation of Radio Frequency (CERF) group

Susan Berggren, Ph.D., is a subject matter expert in Superconducting Quantum Interference Device (SQUID) array modeling and design. She has been the theorist of the Cryogenic Exploitation of Radio Frequency (CERF) group at SSC Pacific, developing, solving, and explaining complex theory of SQUID array designs for the creation of superconducting RF sensor devices designed to perform direction finding (DF) of radio frequency (RF) signals. The group and its international network of collaborators and performers rely upon her for her expertise in SQUID array design as well as other complex mathematical theories. Dr. Berggren is also the co-principal investigator for an international collaboration project investigating Superconducting Quantum Small Electromagnetic Sensor System Research and Development (Super QSES), which will serve to extend the SQUID array theory from 4 degrees to 77 degrees Kelvin in preparation for developing a field-deployable High Temperature Superconductor (HTS) bi-SQUID prototype system for practical military use.

USD(AT&L) Frank Kendall presents the Scientist of the Quarter Award to Dr. Susan Berggren

USD(AT&L) Frank Kendall presents the Scientist of the Quarter Award to Dr. Susan Berggren

Dr. Berggren's game-changing work will revolutionize the way information is gathered, allowing extremely large bandwidth capture, even at very low frequencies, in a very small package at the tactical edge of the battlefield. One Superconducting Quantum Small Electromagnetic Sensor System (Super QSES) sensor could potentially replace the receive function of many antennas, 25 in a recently assessed example. The corresponding antenna radar cross section and size, weight and power will be dramatically reduced as well. In addition, wideband receive enables the removal of stove pipes in future systems and is also compatible with digital beamforming technology. Super QSES technology has been endorsed with a Level C Technology Transition Agreement by PEO C4I PMW 120.

Dr. Berggren received her award from Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics [USD(AT&L)] Frank Kendall on April 21, 2015 at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

For more information about Dr. Berggren and her work, see her “Meet the Scientists” feature on the DoD Armed with Science blog.

Posted 3/28/14
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