Polarization-Invariant Wideband Direction Finding

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-09-M-1541
Agency Tracking Number: F083-141-2731
Amount: $99,676.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: AF083-141
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Small Business Information
310 Terrace Ave., Cincinnati, OH, 45220
DUNS: 132595716
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James Caffery, Jr.
 Sr. R&D Engineer
 (513) 281-2900
Business Contact
 H. Howard Fan
Title: President
Phone: (513) 281-2900
Email: hfan@girdsystems.com
Research Institution
Electromagnetic (EM) signal source direction finding (DF) or direction of arrival (DOA) estimation is a classical problem that exists in a wide range of applications. Wideband signals are becoming more prevalent nowadays. Therefore the need for wideband DOA estimation is becoming more urgent. Furthermore, in practical field scenarios, polarization effects can introduce errors in the receive process in systems designed under the single polarization assumption. In this program we propose an innovative solution to implement high-resolution electromagnetic (EM) source location estimation that are both scalable in bandwidth and capable of accurate estimation regardless of the source polarization. BENEFIT: The developed techniques will contribute to improving the situation awareness and targeting capabilities of airborne platforms on EM emission sources. Therefore all three services of the DoD may find applications of this new technology. In addition, other government and commercial applications are abundant, such as the government search and rescue agencies, the emergency 911 cellular service providers, and the commercial WiFi and WiMax services.

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