Silixa has received an Innovation Award for developing the intelligent Distributed Acoustic Sensor (iDAS™), an instrument which turns a standard optical fibre into an acoustic sensor array.

The iDAS launches pulses of light into the fibre and analyses the small amount of light backscattered to determine the change in fibre strain caused by an external acoustic signal. The instrument’s novel optoelectronics architecture enables digital recording of acoustic fields with a frequency range less than 1mHz to over 100kHz at every location along either a singlemode or multimode optical fibre. Measurements can be made with a spatial resolution as fine as 1 metre. Amplitude, frequency and phase fidelity allows for numerous advanced applications.

Dr Tom Parker, Silixa’s Chief Technology Officer, said: “I am delighted that the cutting-edge technology developed by Silixa has been recognised with this prestigious IOP award. Our dynamic company shows that physics, when applied imaginatively, can help us deal with some of the world’s greatest industrial and social challenges, whether that is safely optimising oil production, or providing effective monitoring for carbon capture and storage. Silixa, like all technology companies, thrives on innovation, and we will carry on developing new ideas, solving tricky problems, and creating jobs and wealth.”

Silixa, along with the four other winning companies, will be showcasing its innovative system at a parliamentary reception on 28 October and will also attend an awards ceremony in London on 5 November, 2015.

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