Using High Bandwidth Oscilloscopes to Analyze Radar and Electronic Warfare Systems

Whether for multi-channel analysis, or for wider analysis bandwidth in a measurement, high bandwidth oscilloscopes offer an alternative to traditional spectrum and signal analyzers for both pulsed RF aerospace/defense and I/Q vector modulated communications application measurements. Signals with spectral content beyond 1 or 2 GHz are now being created to support the higher resolution requirements in radar systems and to move the vast amounts of information in new communications systems.

Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Communications, Wireless, Defense, RF & Microwave Electronics, Test & Measurement, Data exchange, Oscilloscopes, Radar, Military vehicles and equipment


Bio-inspired Airborne Infrastructure Reconfiguration (BioAIR)

Conventionally, most autonomous mobile nodes, including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), are operated remotely by human operators. As such, forming a mobile communication network to connect several airborne or ground-based nodes with multiple remotely controlled UAVs can be prohibitively costly and very inefficient because many operators are needed. Furthermore, the operators need to control the deployed UAVs, while coordinating with others and monitoring the performance of the deployed communication network. Hence, a feasible solution must support collaborative communication, sensing and navigation. BioAIR offers a solution to this problem by enabling multiple UAVs to autonomously control themselves based on network performance.

Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Communications, Defense, RF & Microwave Electronics, Attitude control, Communication protocols, Flight guidance systems, Personnel, Unmanned aerial vehicles


EMI Analysis Software Helps Telescope Group Simulate RFI Mitigation

Challenging Einstein’s seminal theory of relativity to the limits, how the very first stars and galaxies formed just after the Big Bang, the study of dark energy and the vast magnetic fields in the cosmos, and the age old question “Are we alone in the Universe?” – these are some of the key scientific goals of the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) project, led by the SKA Organization from Jodrell Bank Observatory in the UK, supported by 11 member countries: South Africa, Australia, Canada, China, Germany, India, Italy, New Zealand, Sweden, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.

Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Defense, Antennas, RF & Microwave Electronics, Antennas, Computer software and hardware, Optics, Remote sensing


Epitaxial Growth of Rhenium with Sputtering

What works better – DC or RF sputtering?Epitaxial superconducting films of refractory metals are a promising new template for single crystal tunnel barriers in Josephson junction quantum bit (qubit) devices. In existing Josephson junction qubits, it is believed that the widely-used amorphous AlOx tunnel barriers have undesirable two-state fluctuators. It is speculated that single-crystal tunnel barriers such as sapphire (α-Al2O3) may be free of such decoherence sources.

Posted in: Briefs, Aerospace, Defense, Materials, Computer software and hardware, Conductivity, Metals, Refractory materials


Processing and Characterization of Polycrystalline YAG (Yttrium Aluminum Garnet) Core-Clad Fibers

New techniques could make polycrystalline YAG suitable for use in fiber lasers.YAG-based fiber lasers could offer efficient operation at power levels beyond those achievable in current state-of-the-art silica-based fiber lasers if losses can be minimized. To address this, researchers have investigated creating both single-crystal and polycrystalline YAG fibers. Among the cases reported is the preparation of single-crystal YAG fibers using laser heated pedestal growth (LHPG), which resulted in fiber diameters of 400 μm and optical losses around 1–2 dB/m in the 1–3 μm wavelength range. Single-crystal YAG fibers with diameters of ~ 30 μm have even been reported.

Posted in: Briefs, TSP, Aerospace, Defense, Materials, Finite element analysis, Fiber optics, Lasers, Materials identification


Multi-Scale Analysis of Deformation and Failure in Polycrystalline Titanium Alloys Under High Strain Rates

Developing a crystal plasticity-based computational modeling tool for predicting performance.Extensive use of titanium alloys in critical industrial and military applications, such as compressor blades of jet engines and armor of ground combat vehicles, has motivated researchers to understand, measure and tailor the mechanical properties of these alloys over a wide range of strain rates and temperatures. Of special interest has been the mechanical response of these alloys under high rates of deformation and failure under cyclic/dwell fatigue.

Posted in: Briefs, TSP, Aerospace, Defense, Materials, Aircraft structures, Body panels, Failure modes and effects analysis, Materials properties, Titanium alloys, Military vehicles and equipment


Abrasion Testing of Products Containing Nanomaterials

Ensuring repeatable results when capturing and analyzing released particles.This SOP describes how to detect and quantify the release of nanoparticles from surface coatings into the air using a mechanical process that employs abrasion to simulate sanding. A material containing nanoparticles will be physically abraded and the materials released will be collected in a custom abrasion testing system. They will then be characterized by different methods such as Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) or Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and other methods.

Posted in: Briefs, TSP, Aerospace, Defense, Materials, Microscopy, Nanomaterials, Wear, Test procedures