The Functional Materials Section conducts basic
and applied research on materials that are active in some portion of the
electromagnetic spectrum. The scope of the research is broad, ranging
from fundamental molecular-level studies on new materials to field testing
new concepts for Naval applications. This includes: low dielectric constant
resins and fibers for use in microelectronics and low observables; 3rd-order
nonlinear optical compounds for eye protection (optical limiters); thin
film deposition studies for microelectronics; and electroactive and optically-active
compounds for sensors and obscurants. Exploratory and advanced development
are required for transitioning the fundamental concepts into various applications.
This is accomplished through interactions and support of the Systems Commands
and various Joint Program Offices in projects ranging from platform acquisition
to field testing of sensors for chemical agents.