Low-Cost Chaos Radar

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$99,973.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-11-C-0273
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
A11A-001-0471
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
A11a-T001
Solicitation Number:
2011.A
Small Business Information
TechFlow, Inc. (Currently TECHFLOW SCIENTIFIC)
2155 Louisiana Blvd., NE, Suite 3200, Albuquerque, NM, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
965444040
Principal Investigator:
Sameer Hemmady
Sr. Computational Physicist
(505) 903-6845
shemmady@techflow.com
Business Contact:
Susan Haverland
Sr. Business Mgr/Dir of Contracts
(505) 903-6843
shaverland@techflow.com
Research Institution:
University of New Mexico
Shannon Denetchiley
Pre-Award Services, 1700 Lomas
NE Suite 2200 MSC01 1247
Albuquerque, NM, 87131-0001
(505) 277-4186
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
To address the Army"s requirement for Low-Cost Chaos-based Radar solution, TechFlow Scientific and the University of New Mexico will design, develop, and test a prototype chaos based radar employing a coherent receiver with a matched filter. In Phase-I, we will perform a careful design study of the chaos-radar system components. We will develop robust technical solutions such as the use of Titanium Vanadium Dioxide phase-change materials, neural network algorithms, cellular-automata inspired broadband antennas, and InGaP/GaAs synchrodyne amplifiers to address key technical challenges such as the need for high-speed switching of the chaotic oscillator dynamics, equalization techniques to account for inter-symbol-interference due to finite channel coherence bandwidths, novel broadband antennas to accommodate chaotic waveforms, and stable broadband RF power amplifiers for transmission and reception, respectively. We will perform high-fidelity modeling and simulation analysis of the radar system in a simulated cluttered environment to gauge performance. We will also design and fabricate preliminary prototype chaotic oscillators and matched filters operating at lower-RF frequencies, which will be scaled to higher operating frequencies in Phase-II. Our approach will focus on increasing reliability and lowering implementation costs. Our team comprises a cohesive team of internationally-reputed scientists in chaos, radar engineering, antennas, wireless communications and embedded systems.

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