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Shallow Water Beamformer

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2004 / STTR
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Small Business Information
3 Phoenix, Inc.
14585 Avion Pwy Suite 200 Chantilly, VA 20151-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Shallow Water Beamformer
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-04-M-0233
Award Amount: $69,988.00


Spatial processing for Navy arrays has been designed in nearly all cases based on the a horizontally propagating plane wave model, the underlying assumption being that energy arrives from far field targets as a superposition of free field traveling waves at frequencies determined by the target signature. For most situations this model has been considered "good enough", particularly in deep water operations. Multi-path, has been ignored in spatial processing and dealt with in various ad hoc ways for target localization. It is well known that acoustic propagation is much more complex than the simple model due to boundary interactions (as evidenced by multi-path), sound velocity variability, and other more complicated effects. These effects are most prominent in shallow water and at low frequencies where surface and bottom interactions are prevalent. Shallow water environment presents the technical challenge of designing beamformers based on a suitable shallow water signal model rather than the simple horizontal plane wave assumption. Our proposal is to design such a beamformer based on state-of-the-practice characterization of shallow water sound fields. We will focus our efforts first on horizontal line arrays (design will be extendable to volumetric arrays), and surface noise sources (ships and surf hot spots).

Principal Investigator:

Russell Jeffers
Chief Scientist

Business Contact:

Joseph A. Liverman
Small Business Information at Submission:

9607 Jomar Drive Fairfax, VA 22032

EIN/Tax ID: 550853142
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
George Mason University
230 Science and Technology II, 4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
Contact: Kathleen Wage
Contact Phone: (703) 993-1569
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university