Innovative Hardware Technologies for Electromagnetic Attack Rejection in Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) Radars

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$99,994.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
HQ0147-11-C-7659
Agency Tracking Number:
B10B-001-0033
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA10-T001
Solicitation Number:
2010.B
Small Business Information
Imaging Systems Technology
4750 W. Bancroft, Toledo, OH, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
9480893
Principal Investigator:
Lee Cross
Sr. Engineer
(419) 536-5741
lcross@teamist.com
Business Contact:
Carol Wedding
President
(419) 536-5741
cwedding@teamist.com
Research Institution:
University of Toledo
James P Trempe
2801 W. Bancroft
Toledo, OH, 43606-2595
(419) 530-2844
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Under this STTR Imaging Systems Technology (IST) will apply novel Plasma-shell technology and expertise with gas plasma systems to shield and protect BMDS Radar. Plasma-shells are tiny hollow gas encapsulating shells. When energy is applied across the shell, the gas inside ionizes into a plasma. Theory of plasma-electromagnetic (EM) field interaction shows that, under appropriate conditions, plasma can be very effective in providing protection against High Power Microwave (HPM) and Ultra Wide Band (UWB) attacks. Currently, the only effective shielding against these attacks is a plasma based waveguide limiter. These limiters, while effective, are not universally applicable to all devices that may be subject to such threats as not all components of BMDS radar are waveguide fed. To be universally applicable to all sensitive electronics, there exists the need for effective limiter concepts that can be mounted on a printed circuit-board and be integrated into existing radar structures including radomes.

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