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Forecasts by Product Type (High Powered Microwave HPM, High Powered Laser HPL). Analysis of Defensive, Offensive, C-UAV & Non-Lethal Applications for Leading Defence & Civilian Companies With DEW Technologies High Energy Laser (HEL), Airborne Laser (ABL), Chemical Oxygen Iodine Laser (COIL), Free Electron Laser (FEL), SSL, THEL, LDEW, LaWS Directed Energy Weapons (DEW) - our new study reveals trends, R&D progress, and predicted revenues What is the trajectory for the Directed Energy Weapons (DEW) market? If you are involved in DEW then you must read this brand new report. Visiongain's report shows you the potential revenues streams to 2027, assessing market data, technological trends, regional opportunities and business prospects. Discover How to Stay Ahead Our 221 page report provides 253 tables, charts, and graphs to help illustrate the market space. Read on to discover the most lucrative areas in the industry and the future market prospects. 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Ware T.H.,Air Force Research Lab | Ware T.H.,Azimuth Corporation | White T.J.,Air Force Research Lab
Polymer Chemistry | Year: 2015

The ability to program the local mechanical response of liquid crystalline polymer networks has been shown to generate complex mechanical responses. A facile two-step method to synthesize these anisotropic materials to realize either reversible or irreversible shape change behavior is reported. The first reaction is the addition of a nematic diacrylate to a primary amine to build macromers within a liquid crystal alignment cell. Subsequently, these macromers are crosslinked to trap the order of the liquid crystal into a crosslinked film. In unaligned samples, mechanical reorientation of the nematic director is used to isothermally program shapes at room temperature that can be recovered on heating. Under a load, the mechanically aligned materials exhibit tensile actuation behavior comparable to human skeletal muscle in stroke and specific work capacity. We also report spatially aligned films that reversibly morph from flat to a complex 3D shape with tunable strain from 3% to 55%. This journal is © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2015.

Lee K.M.,Air Force Research Lab | Lee K.M.,Azimuth Corporation | Tabiryan N.V.,BEAM Engineering for Advanced Measurements | Bunning T.J.,Air Force Research Lab | White T.J.,Air Force Research Lab
Journal of Materials Chemistry | Year: 2012

Azobenzene-functionalized polymeric materials have proven capable of shape adaptive responses when irradiated with light. This work focuses on isolating the fundamental differences between the photogenerated mechanical output of glassy, polydomain azobenzene liquid crystal polymer networks (azo-LCN) upon exposure to either UV and blue-green irradiation. Profound differences in the fundamental photochemical mechanism are identified through spectroscopic examination of representative materials before and after irradiation with UV or blue-green light. The photomechanical response is further elucidated in structure-property examination to ascertain the role of crosslink density, azobenzene concentration, and azobenzene connectivity (crosslinked or pendant) on the photomechanical output. © 2012 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

The potential for wireless transduction of input light energy into mechanical outputs has led to a reinvigorated pursuit of photomechanical effects in polymeric materials and composites. We report here on factors influencing the photochemical mechanism (and thus the mechanical output) in monodomain azobenzene-functionalized liquid crystal polymer networks. Through systematic examination of a representative material with both mechanics and spectroscopic characterization the prevalence of the trans-cis and trans-cis-trans mechanisms is elucidated. Furthermore, the role of light intensity in generating heat (photothermal effects) is also reported. © 2012 American Chemical Society.

Lee K.M.,Air Force Research Lab | Lee K.M.,Azimuth Corporation | Bunning T.J.,Air Force Research Lab | White T.J.,Air Force Research Lab
Advanced Materials | Year: 2012

Repeatedly forming temporary shapes can be a limitation to the employment of shape memory polymers. This work utilizes glassy, liquid crystal polymer networks to spontaneously form 3D shapes that are independent of a user. These shapes are autonomously fixed with rapid temperature cycling. Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

Smith M.L.,Hope College | Lee K.M.,Air Force Research Lab | Lee K.M.,Azimuth Corporation | White T.J.,Air Force Research Lab | Vaia R.A.,Air Force Research Lab
Soft Matter | Year: 2014

Light responsive materials that exhibit wirelessly actuated, multidimensional deformation are excellent candidates for programmable matter applications such as morphing structures or soft robotics. A central challenge to designing adaptive structures from these materials is the ability accurately predict three dimensional deformations. Previous modeling efforts have focused almost exclusively on pure bending. Herein we examine key material parameters affecting light driven flexural-torsional response in azobenzene functionalized liquid crystal polymer networks. We show that a great deal of control can be obtained by specifying material alignment and actuating the material with polarized light. Insight gained from the theoretical framework here lays the foundation for more extensive modeling efforts to combine polarization controlled flexural-torsional deformations with complex geometry, boundary conditions, and loading conditions. This journal is © The Royal Society of Chemistry.

Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Air Force | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 99.88K | Year: 2010

As critical military and commercial applications grow more dependent on semiconductor devices fabricated overseas often at untrusted foundries, the United States is becoming vulnerable to attack at a basic level. There are a number of techniques to alter a chip’s design during manufacturing available to agents determined to sabotage or steal critical information using the electronics built into our own systems. While the functions of field programmable gate arrays are to a large extent defined by the user, sections of the device are configured during fabrication and a not fully visible to the user. It is possible for foreign agents or terrorists to alter the design of the chip before or during manufacturing introducing functions that could sabotage the operation of the device or create a backdoor that enables an agent to take control of the operation of the device. Alterations made without the knowledge of the US manufacturer who sells the devices or the user could result in the loss of our aircraft because a smart bomb blew up prematurely or an ATM machine giving thieves passwords and account numbers. Our proposed technique will alert the manufacturer and end user to any alterations in the design. BENEFIT: The ability to verify a trusted reticle or mask sets and to detect alterations to a reticle or mask has numerous applications in both the government and industry. As more and more electronics are manufactured off-shore at untrusted foundries, the United States is placed in greater danger of sabotage and back door control by agents of foreign powers or clever thieves. Semiconductor devices have reached the level of complexity that it is impossible to fully characterize each chip. Even for FPGAs, there are functions fabricated into the chip that are hidden from the manufacturer and end users. Any technique that can alert the user to changes in design greatly increases the trust of the electronics on which we depend for the security of our country. The commercial applications include reducing the risks from foreign or domestic agents to our financial security, vital communication infrastructure, and basic infrastructure of the country.

Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Navy | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 70.00K | Year: 2010

The armed forces commonly use UHF frequencies for mobile communications including ships at sea. At UHF frequencies, communications is predominately line-of-sight. In many situations, mobile communications is dependent on UHF space assets. The use of nano-satellites is an attractive alternative to large geosynchronous satellites because they reduce costs while increasing flexibility and adaptability. The challenge of using nano-satellites as UHF communications relays is the integration of an inherently large antenna with a tiny satellite. The wavelength of the UHF signal can be up to ten times the size of the nano-satellite. Add the requirement that the antenna has sufficient gain to communicate with relatively small mobile UHF units and the challenge of reducing the antenna size is significantly greater. The Azimuth Team proposes to design, build, and characterize an innovative UHF antenna concept whose size is sufficiently small to be integrated with a nano-satellite without noticeable increasing the atmospheric drag on the low Earth orbiting spacecraft. In spite of its small size, the UHF antenna will deliver the 11 dB of gain required for mobile communications.

Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Army | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 99.95K | Year: 2011

The objective of the Phase I program is to develop the requisite technologies to build tamper response devices that prevent the reverse engineering of military infrared focal plane array systems by destroying key elements of the IR system upon the detection of a tamper attack. The combination of mechanisms employed by the tamper response device is selectable from a variety of destructive mechanisms and can be tailored to the level of destruction required for the technology to prevent reverse engineering. Depending on the technology being protected, the level of destruction can vary from rendering the device inoperable to completely destroying the device. This flexibility enables the tamper response device to be used in a wide variety of applications including ones requiring no collateral damage and no harmful byproducts.

Methods for preparing ferroelectric nanoparticles, liquid crystal compositions containing the ferroelectric nanoparticles, and electronic devices utilizing the ferroelectric nanoparticles are described. The methods of preparing the ferroelectric nanoparticles may include size-reducing a starting material comprising particles of a bulk intrinsically nonferroelectric glass to form glass nanoparticles having an average size of less than 20 nm, the glass nanoparticles comprising ferroelectric nanoparticles. Exemplary bulk intrinsically nonferroelectric glasses may include borosilicate glasses, tellurite glasses, bismuthate glasses, gallate glasses, and mixtures thereof, for example. The size reduction may be accomplished using ball milling with a solvent combination such as n-heptane and oleic acid. Liquid crystal compositions may include the ferroelectric nanoparticles in combination with a liquid crystal. Exemplary electronic devices include liquid crystal displays, in which a liquid crystal composition containing the ferroelectric nanoparticles is disposed adjacent a window material.

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