Advanced Concepts Laboratory (ACL)

Advanced Concepts Laboratory (ACL)

Formerly the Signature Technology Laboratory (STL)

GTRI’s Advanced Concepts Lab provides innovative, tailored solutions to challenging problems for our customers, including Department of Defense, Intelligence Agencies, and industry.  Our laboratory identifies and transitions advances in basic research for use in real-world applications, with particular emphasis on electromagnetic design and measurements, quantum computing and simulation, and signals and systems. We are committed to leading advanced concept development at GTRI with unparalleled technical excellence, integrity, and professionalism. 

ACL conducts research and development over a broad range of topics, most notably:

  • Electromagnetic analysis and measurements
  • RF & IR signatures
  • Antennas, radomes, and frequency selective surfaces
  • Materials science and characterization
  • Quantum information and sensor systems
  • Integrated analysis of signals and systems 

ACL maintains world-class numerical modeling, experimental, and characterization capabilities, with facilities devoted to: 

  • Computational electromagnetics
  • Radar cross-section measurements
  • Antenna characterization
  • Electromagnetic materials characterization
  • Experimental ion trapping for quantum computing and technology development
  • Quantum computing architectures and quantum control
  • Optical measurements 

Specific ACL prototypes that have recently extended the state-of-the-art include: electrically thin, broadband antennas; low-power consumption agile beam antennas for communications; software-defined antennas; radio frequency (RF) and infrared (IR) custom meta-material structures for management/control of signatures; and microfabricated ion traps with integrated components for quantum computing applications.