Low-Cost Chaos Radar

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W31P4Q-11-C-0289
Agency Tracking Number: A11A-001-0328
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2011
Solitcitation Year: 2011
Solitcitation Topic Code: A11a-T001
Solitcitation Number: 2011.A
Small Business Information
Propagation Research Associates
1275 Kennestone Circle, Suite 100, Marietta, GA, -
Duns: 149785201
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 G. Hall
 Senior Research Scientist
 (678) 384-3403
 martin.hall@pra-corp.com
Business Contact
 Susan Dugas
Title: Vice President
Phone: (678) 384-3401
Email: contracts@pra-corp.com
Research Institution
 Duke University
 Susan Lasley
 Suite 710 Erwin Square
2200 W Main Street, Box 104010
Durham, NC, 27705-
 (919) 681-8684
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Propagation Research Associates, Inc., (PRA) and Duke University propose to extend the recent developments of matched filtered chaos into a low-cost high range-resolution chaotic waveform radar. In the Phase I effort, PRA and Duke will design the radar system and build a prototype waveform generator that will exploit three essential properties of chaotic waveforms that can be applied to enhance radar performance in specific mission areas. The first property is flexibility in that chaotic waveforms can support both homodyne and heterodyne architectures, which allows these waveforms to be implemented in any radar design. The second property is orthogonality, which allows the use of multiple simultaneous chaotic waveforms due to low cross correlation of distinct chaotic waveforms. Finally, the third property is indetectability, which results from the randomness of the waveforms that spread the spectrum for low probability of intercept. PRA and Duke propose to exploit these three properties to design a cost-effective chaos radar for a specific mission.

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