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CAT Scanner Provides 3D View Inside Nuclear Weapon Components

The Department of Energy’s (DoE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) is pursuing a smaller, safer, more secure, and less expensive nuclear weapons complex. Meeting...

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

Shortwave Infrared Sensors: A New Way to See

Compact, lightweight, and uncooled imaging sensors are fueling a revolution in intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR). They are the key enablers for a powerful new breed of...

Tech Transfer Reports

Self-Assembling Molecules Could Replace Circuit-Writing Process

Inkjet printing has revolutionized the photo business, to where it is now commonplace to produce clear, glossy photos with a home printer. Now, a simple inkjet technique...

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Information Technology

Considering Software Protection for Embedded Systems

Given the current trend of reprogrammable embedded devices within the Department of Defense and industry, attention needs to be refocused on the benefits or measurability of software protection applied to this domain. Modern reconfigurable embedded systems consider circuits as software and the...

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Electronics & Computers

Field-Programmable Gate Array-Based Software-Defined Radio

There are existing wideband communications systems that were built using field-programmable gate array (FPGA)-based software-defined radio (SDR) designs. Despite the inherent advantages of these systems, some are functionally restricted by limited output bandwidth.

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Information Technology

FPGA-Based System for Tracking Digital Information Transmitted Via Peer-to-Peer Protocols

Peer-to-peer (P2P) networking has changed the way users search for, send, and receive digital information over the Internet. Instead of relying on...

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Electronics & Computers

Simulation Concept Exploits Tools for Computing Hybrids

The Simulation Concept – How to Exploit Tools for Computing Hybrids (SCHETCH) project is exploring the design modeling and simulation (M&S) process for developing advanced computing...

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Electronics & Computers

Asymmetric Core Computing for High-Performance Applications

High-performance computing (HPC) users have traditionally relied upon two things to supply them with processing power: speed of the central processing units (CPUs) and the scalability of the system. There are problems with this approach. Physical limitations are curtailing clock speed...

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Photonics/Optics

Novel Wavelength Standards in the Near Infrared

The goal of this work was to develop a new class of portable optical frequency references based on sub-Doppler spectroscopy inside gas-filled, hollow-core photonic bandgap (PBG) optical fiber. The change in line width with core size, and narrower transitions inside a new “kagome” structured...

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Photonics/Optics

Power Enhancement of a Rubidium Vapor Laser with a Master Oscillator Power Amplifier

The concept of alkali lasers was first suggested by Schalow and Townes in the late 1950s. In the 1970s, photo-dissociation of several of the alkali salts produced lasers with wavelengths ranging from the visible to the far infrared. Thirty years later,...

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Materials

Real-Time Intelligent Chemical and Biological Nanosensors on a Flexible Platform

The objectives of this research are to examine the feasibility of real-time sensing of chemical and biological species by using the unique materials and...

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Materials

Templated Synthesis of Aluminum Nanoparticles for Stable Energetic Materials

Reactive nanoparticles as energetic materials have received much recent attention for a variety of existing and/or potential applications. Among more extensively...

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Physical Sciences

Performance and Operability of a Dual-Cavity Flame Holder in a Supersonic Combustor

Supersonic combustion has been of interest for many years in order to support future Air Force hypersonic missions. The current generation of...

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Physical Sciences

Gesture-Directed Sensor-Information Fusion Gloves

Current chemical-protection gear for warfighters on the ground inhibits electronic communication via keyboards, cell phones, and remote-control devices. To improve communications capabilities...

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

GigE Advanced Imaging Sensor

The Wide-Field Dynamic Range (WFDR) camera is a high-sensitivity, wide-field-of-regard sensor of importance to future military surveillance and survivability systems. It is intended to be used in harsh, noisy...

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Physical Sciences

Liquid-Crystal-Based Optical Phased Array for Steering Lasers

A paper describes the basic design and concepts of tunable liquid-crystal polarization gratings with a nematic liquid crystal (LC) optical phase plate, with a large, continuous in- plane gradient that is variable, and its application to a beam steering device with high efficiency.

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Information Technology

Channel Modeling for a Wireless Transmission System

A wireless transmission system provides high-quality video transmission over severely impaired wireless links between nodes that are connected within airborne networks. The target bit rate...

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Optic and Micro-Optic Lenses

JENOPTIK Optical Systems (Jupiter, FL) offers optic and micro-optic solutions for a broad range of infrared applications. Micro-optic IR solutions include diffractive and refractive solutions from materials...

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SWIR Lenses

Navitar (Rochester, NY) has introduced a line of SWIR (shortwave infrared) lenses in 16, 25, and 50 mm focal lengths to meet advancements in SWIR technology. The 25- and 50-mm lenses are available with manual or auto iris. The...

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Photonics/Optics

Optical Coatings

Deposition Sciences (Santa Rosa, CA) has introduced optical coatings on plastic materials and substrates. The new optical thin-film coatings can be deposited on materials such as Ultem®, Zeonex®, and a variety of...

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Robot Stereo Vision Kit

Polaris Sensor Technologies (Huntsville, AL) has developed a stereo vision upgrade kit for the TALON IV robot, the basis of which is a flat-panel Polariz3D 3D display integrated into the TALON operator control unit....

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Infrared Imaging Engine

Sofradir EC (Fairfield, NJ) offers a line of infrared imaging engines based on cryogenically cooled MCT detectors. The engines can be integrated into a wide range of electro-optical systems. A variety of models is...

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Microcomponent Manufacturing

RepExact LLC (Gastonia, NC) offers specialty precision and microcomponents, including sensor housings manufactured by Tectri SA. The stainless steel components have a barrel drilled to a wall thickness at the end of 0.0004".

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Motion System

Newport Corp. (Irvine, CA) offers the HXP100 Hexapod 6 DOF, a parallel kinematic motion system that utilizes field-proven actuators. The coordinate system allows flexibility in programming complex motions. It is used for...

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Laser

RPMC (O’Fallon,MO) has introduced the Tactical Illuminator Designator (TID) laser. The initial configuration is a 50-mJ, 1064-nm/20-mJ, 1.57-um laser with ~3 ns pulses at up to 100 Hz. A higher energy 150 mJ version with longer...

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Motorized UAV Lens Assembly

StingRay Optics (Keene, NH) has introduced the PN SR0794-A01O 40/100 mm long-wave infrared (LWIR) DFOV lens assembly for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). When paired with a640 × 480, 25-micron un-cooled LWIR...

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SWIR Video Camera

Sensors Unlimited – Goodrich ISR Systems (Princeton, NJ),offers the SU320HX mil-hardened, uncooled, indium galliumarsenide (InGaAs), shortwave infrared (SWIR) camera that is compact, lightweight, and low power, making it...

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Solid-State Drive

Solid-State Drive White Electronic Designs Corp. (Phoenix, AZ) has introduced a Single Level Cell (SLC) NAND solid-state drive (SSD) that provides secure data storage for embedded military applications in rugged and extended-temperature environments. The drive is available as a 4-GByte, 22 × 27 mm plastic ball grid array...

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Submersible Transducers

Stellar Technology (Amherst, NY) offers the Series LWU submersible LVDT displacement transducers available in either DC or AC versions. The units are designed for use in sea water and other submersible environments,...

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Imaging Sensor

Headwall Photonics (Fitchburg, MA) has announced the High Efficiency Hyperspec imaging sensor for airborne spectral sensing missions that require high levels of imaging performance. The hyperspectral sensors are used in the...

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Digital Signal Processing Engine

Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing (Leesburg, VA) offers the CHAMP-AV5 VME64x DSP (Digital Signal Processing) engine utilizing the dual-core Intel® Core™ i7-610E processor. The multi-processing...

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Gas Detection System

RAE Systems (San Jose, CA) offers the MeshGuard intelligent, connected gas detection system for hazardous gas detection in stationary applications. The MeshGuard family of wireless toxic and flammable gas sensors and...

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Multiplexer Modules

Aeroflex (Plainview, NY) offers HiRel Analog Multiplexer Mod ules for sending multiple signals to subsystems for monitoring. The Mini MUX8520/21/22/23 are rated for 300 krads with LET of 120 MeV/cm2/mg. The new...