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Matched Filter Chaos Communications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W31P4Q-16-C-0075
Agency Tracking Number: A2-6215
Amount: $990,237.34
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A11A-T002
Solicitation Number: 11.A
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-09-21
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-09-20
Small Business Information
4035 Chris Drive
Huntsville, AL 35802
United States
DUNS: 122515708
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Dan Hahs
 Principal Investigator
 (256) 842-3121
Business Contact
 Jonathan Blakely
Phone: (256) 876-3495
Research Institution
 Auburn University
 Dr. Robert Dean
Auburn University 126 Ingram Hall
Auburn, AL 36849
United States

 (334) 844-1838
 Nonprofit College or University

It has recently been mathematically proven that optimal communication systems necessarily have chaotic waveforms.Perhaps surprisingly, any communication system that utilizes a simple linear matched filter to achieve optimal detection of a signal, received by way of a noisy channel, must transmit a chaotic waveform.Using the concept of “exactly-solvable” chaos, communication systems can be built that offer simplicity, small size, low cost and spread spectrum features.To realize these benefits, three key chaos-theoretic advances are fused to comprise a communication system.The first is exactly-solvable chaos itself; a continuous/discrete-time hybrid linear circuit having a well-defined basis pulse.The second is Hayes encoding; a method for exploiting the famous “sensitivity to initial conditions” feature of chaos to encode a message signal onto a waveform to be transmitted.The third is the Corron-Blakely matched filter; a filter designed to optimally detect symbolic sequences encoded on a transmitted chaotic waveform.In our hands, this technology has evolved from purely theory to hardware prototypes that convincingly demonstrate the feasibility and realizability of such communication systems at radio frequencies.It is the purpose of this proposed effort to advance this technology towards applications-oriented examples, suitable for already-identified potential early adopters.

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