Electronics, Sensors and Network Research
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) Electronics, Sensors and Network Research Division conducts an integrated program of 6.1, 6.2, and 6.3 research into technologies that enable new and innovative uses of the electromagnetic spectrum in support on Navy and Marine Corps needs. Specific applied programs include research in the areas of surface and aerospace surveillance, communications, electronic combat, and navigation. All these areas are supported by a broad research program in electronics, focused on the reducing the cost weight and size of transmit and receive systems.
Two over-arching foci of this division are 1) the development of technologies and techniques to support adaptive persistent surveillance, and 2) the development of digital/RF technologies and techniques to support active aperture phased arrays capable of performing multiple functions simultaneously.
Surveillance: Research areas in surface and aerospace surveillance include sensors, primarily radar and electro- optic/infrared, and associated signal and image processing methods.
Communications and Networking: Areas of interest in communications include military radio communications with an emphasis on anti-jam and low-probability-of-intercept techniques, radio networks, and dynamic internetworking.
Electronic Warfare: Electronic Warfare research areas include threat warning systems, electronic support measures, decoys, and electronic countermeasures.
Navigation: Navigation research includes GPS anti-jam and associated inertial navigation techniques. Both tactical time keeping and precision timekeeping are also explored.
Electronics: All areas of electronics relating to reducing the cost of, and increasing the capabilities for, transmission and reception of electromagnetic energy are covered. These include; the growth of electronic materials; understanding of surfaces and interfaces; semiconductor and magnetic material theory; microelectronics; nanoscale electronic devices; nanolithography; novel electronic device concepts; memory; high power RF and switching components; vacuum electronics; high temperature superconductor electronics; optoelectronics; solid state lasers and light emitters; multiband IR and UV sensors, ionospheric effects; and innovative electronic circuits.