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Special Applications

Special Applications

Special Applications sensors in action—aerospace, climate, energy, space.

Special Applications: Aerospace, Climate, Energy, and Space Capabilities—for Collaboration

View our capability sheets: get details of what we do.

How we deploy innovation

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Los Alamos National Laboratory invented swept frequency acoustic interferometry (SFAI) to identify chemical and biological warfare agents inside sealed containers nondestructively.

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Los Alamos and Chevron researchers adapted SFAI, which was invented to identify static liquids, to now work with multiphase fluids in motion, such as oil, water, and gas. GE is commercially manufacturing for Chevron and other oil and gas companies. These companies are now able to better manage each well, in every oil field to maximize product for significant gains.

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In partnership with Chevron, General Electric has deployed the Safire Flow Meter, one of the most advanced ways for oil companies to monitor production rates, oil quality, water usage, and other data points—about a hundred times every second. Safire was launched in 2014 through a partnership between Los Alamos, Chevron, and General Electric, and garnered an R&D 100 Award from R&D Magazine. The technology is now being tested for medical application and acoustic separation techniques.

Click on the circles above to see our stages of innovation.

Click on the circles above to see how we build on our decades of discovery science to find 21st century solutions.

Ways we can help you find solutions

Working at the intersection of energy, space, biology, chemistry, computation, and engineering, scientists at Los Alamos use their expertise in molecular and cell biology, surveillance systems, and robotics to create faster detection platforms, enhance threat characterization, and improve comparative analysis for response.

Foundational science

  • Ultrasonics
  • Doppler interferometry
  • Signal processing
  • Bayesian statistics
  • Monte Carlo simulation
  • Electromechanical impedance

Enabling technologies

  • Laser-based Nondestructive Inspection
  • In-Process Additive Manufacturing Quality Control
  • Intrinsic Fingerprinting
  • Tamper Detection
  • Embedded Structural Health Monitoring
  • Turn-key Sensing Network Design


To take a closer look at Los Alamos sensor capabilities, follow the links under "Aerospace, Energy, Climate, and Space Capabilities for Collaboration" above. This is only a small sampling of what is available, so please email SensorNexus for an in-depth discussion of available technologies!

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Bring your complex problem to us

Are you trying to

  • create a faster detection platform?
  • enhance threat characterization?
  • improve comparative analysis?
  • or something else beyond your reach?

Whatever your challenge, Los Alamos can partner with you to answer basic science questions, confirm results—even design and test products.

With a multidisciplinary approach encompassing biology, chemistry, computation, and engineering, we can provide crucial expertise and technologies at any stage of your product development.

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