The Materials and Sensors Branch performs basic and applied research on functional materials and devices for Naval applications. These may include semiconductor, magnetic, optical, multiferroic, superconducting, polymeric, metallic, ceramic and extrasolar materials. Research into novel device fabrication technologies such as laser direct write and other non-lithographic processes is an important focus of our work. New sensor technologies from THz sources and devices, to nanoplasmonics arrays for biological sensing, to remote explosives detection are just some of the unique applications being developed here. Other special topics include nonlinear dynamics and automated learning.

The Branch consists of seven sections. They are: