2013 NRL Review



Featured Research - A range of articles focusing on research from across NRL's research divisions.

Acoustics - Applied acoustics work is rooted in complementary basic research that studies the ocean environment as it impacts advanced systems and physical acoustics. Strong collaborative relationships exist with other Navy and university laboratories, and in other NRL divisions in the areas of oceanography, seafloor processes, remote sensing, materials, optics, and information technology.

Atmospheric Science and Technology - Through studies of objects and targets on Earth, in the near-Earth environment and in the ocean and in deep space, NRL researchers can develop information systems to analyze, simulate, predict and interpret the structure of processes that can affect Naval weapons and communications systems.

Chemical/Biochemical Research - Through theoretical and experimental programs, NRL researchers determine the scientific origins of materials behavior and develop ways to modify these materials for advanced naval platforms, electronics, sensors, and photonics. Chemical and biochemical research at NRL is also performed to understand and reduce the effects of the marine environment on naval systems.

Electronics and Electromagnetics - NRL's electronics researchers examine materials growth and properties, surface physics, micro- and nano- structure electronics, microwave techniques, microelectronic device research and fabrication, vacuum electronics, high-power microwave generation, and cryoelectronics, including superconductors.

Information Technology and Communications - Information technology programs include projects in the fields of artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction; communications system engineering; transmission and propagation technology; combat management systems; telecommunication network technologies; command, control, and communication for battle management architectures; computer security and communications security; and massively parallel processing and high-speed network technologies.

Materials Science and Technology - Research objectives include achieving a fundamental understanding of the mechanical, physical, electrical, magnetic, superconducting, and electrochemical properties of materials; identifying composition, processing, and microstructural parameters to produce improved materials; and developing guidelines for the selection, design, and certification of materials for life-cycle management of naval structures and systems.

Nanoscience Technology - The Institute for Nanoscience conducts multidisciplinary research at the intersections of the fields of materials, electronics and biology in the nanometer size domain. The objective is to provide the Navy and the DoD with scientific leadership in this complex, emerging area and to identify opportunities for advances in future Defense technology.

Ocean Science and Technology - NRL's research is focused on understanding and modeling ocean, coastal, and littoral area hydro/thermodynamics, circulation, waves, ice dynamics, air-sea exchange, optics, and small and microscale processes; and on the investigation and application of microbiological processes to Navy problems. NRL's marine geosciences research provides digital databases, geoacoustics and geophysical models, and simulations to support training, system design, performance prediction, and operational needs of the Navy.

Optical Sciences - Researchers study quantum optics, laser physics, optical waveguide technologies, laser-matter interactions, atmospheric propagation, optical technology, holography, optical warfare, optical data processing, fiber-optic sensor systems, optical systems, optical materials, radiation damage studies, IR surveillance and missile seeker technologies, IR signature measurements, optical recording materials, and optical diagnostics techniques.

Remote Sensing - Researchers are seeking an increased understanding of ocean and atmospheric processes and their interactions, effects or modulation of the environment by targets, determination of reference frames and other natural environmental phenomena relevant to national security.

Simulation, Computing, & Modeling - RL capabilities include in-house expertise in parallel processing for large-scale scientific computing and the ability to perform analyses and computational experiments on specific problems using these capabilities.

Space Research and Satellite Technology - Space research activities range from basic and applied research through advanced development in all areas of interest to the Navy space program. Experiment results can be applied in radio communications, the use of the space environment, weather prediction, and the fundamental understanding of natural radiation and geophysical phenomena.


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