Exploitation of the Maritime Evaporation Duct Utilizing MIMO Radar

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-11-C-0408
Agency Tracking Number: N11A-002-0310
Amount: $149,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: N11A-T002
Solicitation Number: 2011.A
Small Business Information
2681 SW 103rd Street, Gainesville, FL, -
DUNS: 827464368
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Chris Gianelli
 (310) 344-4754
Business Contact
 Yahui Zhu
Title: Vice President
Phone: (352) 222-5929
Email: Jerry.Zhu@iaaincorporated.com
Research Institution
 University of Florida
 Henry Zmuda
 Dept. of Elec.&Comp. Eng.
P.O. Box 116130
Gainesville, FL, 32611-
 (352) 392-0990
 Nonprofit college or university
The security of the United States"naval ships, ports, and waters are of tantamount importance. These crucial assets are vulnerable to attack from small, nimble adversaries that can hide within the near-constant evaporation duct present over large bodies of water. This scenario can be quite trying for conventional radar systems, which were not designed to detect and track such small vessels and objects so close to the surface of the ocean. We propose to engage this difficult scenario in two ways. First, we will develop a comprehensive electromagnetic model for radar signal propagation within the evaporation duct. We also propose to utilize the flexibility of MIMO radar systems to fully capitalize on the benefits of ducted propagation. We plan to accomplish this by developing cognitive methods to optimally adapt our transmitted waveforms and receive filters to take advantage of the evaporation duct. We propose to evaluate the performance of these methods using modeling and simulation to obtain an accurate portrait of the advantages and disadvantages of the developed methods. Finally, we plan to collect experimental data using a MIMO radar system in order to aid our understanding and refine our electromagnetic model.

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