Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is charged with certain aspects of the monitoring of nuclear nonproliferation. In particular, LANL is interested in detecting any nuclear tests that may occur and it uses several sensing methods to achieve this goal.

One of these methods is to monitor for the telltale radio frequency (RF) emissions that accompany the detonation of any nuclear device. However, it is not only important to detect such detonations, it is also paramount to locate where they take place (geolocation).

The Nutaq VHS-ADC/DAC system, integrated with MATLAB and Simulink, as well as System Generator for DSP tools, gave LANL the interface that it needed to graphically implement a short baseline interferometer for simulation, fixed-point testing, hardware-in-the-loop testing, and eventual deployment.