Research Areas

High Energy Lasers

System Performance

  • HEL JTO Modeling and Simulation Efforts

System Concepts

  • Innovative Tactical Beam Control System
  • Modeling Systems Comprised of Multiple Tiled Subapertures
  • Space Laser Power Beaming

Adaptive Optics and Propagation

  • Airborne Aero-Optics Laboratory
  • Optimization of Tactical HEL Architectures


  • Atmospheric Effects on Directed Energy Weapons
  • Thermal Blooming
  • Climate Change Impacts on Low Altitude Cn2 and Effects on DEW Employment
  • 4D - Cn2 Predictions from Ground and In-place Observations
  • Remote Multispectral Estimation of Irradiance on Distant Surfaces
  • Characterization of Off Axis Scatter
  • Source Characterization from Atmospheric Scatter
  • Atmospheric Characterization at Diode Pumped Alkali Laser line
  • Diode Pumped Alkali Lasers: Spectral Lineshape Experiments
  • Supersonic Flow Visualization

Enabling Technologies

  • Beam Control
  • Beam Combination
  • Stimulated Brillouin Scattering in Fiber Lasers
  • Tactical Target Tracking
  • Monocular Passive Ranging

Laser-Target Interaction

  • Bi-Directional Reflectivity Distribution Functions (BRDF)
  • Thermal Response (Finite Element Models, FEM)

Laser Communications Effects and Optimization

High Power Microwaves

  • Ionizing Radiation Effects on Modern Digital Electronics
  • Single Surface Multipactor
  • Analysis of Cathode Fiber Coating
  • Terrahertz Imaging of Damaged Aircraft Composites
  • Terrahertz Spectroscopy

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