Sensors and Electromagnetic...

Sensors and Electromagnetic Applications Laboratory (SEAL)

SEAL researchers investigate and develop radio/microwave frequency sensor systems, with particular emphasis on radar systems engineering; electronic protection and electronic attack; ELINT; COMINT; MASINT; electromagnetic environmental effects; radar system performance modeling and simulation; signal, array, and data processing; sensor fusion; and antenna technology. SEAL also develops multi-intelligence processing architectures and algorithms for application across all wavebands. The lab also investigates and develops acoustic sensor technology.

Radar programs focus on the following:

  • Development, analysis and performance evaluation of radar systems
  • Reflectivity and propagation measurement characterization
  • Electronic attack and protection techniques
  • Avionics integration
  • Target identification
  • Tracking and sensor fusion
  • Vulnerability analysis
  • Signal processing techniques
  • Space-time adaptive processing
  • Ground and airborne moving target indication
  • Synthetic aperture radar
  • System sustainment tool development
  • Medical applications of sensor technology

Antenna-related research programs characterize antenna properties, develop phased-array antenna concepts and develop various kinds of reflector-type and lens antennas. In the field of electromagnetic environmental effects, SEAL researchers analyze, measure, and control the electromagnetic interactions among elements of an electronic system and between the system and its environment.

Additional research areas include:

  • Sensor development for missile defense
  • Physical security
  • Meteorology
  • Space-based surveillance and detection
  • UAV payloads
  • Transportation applications
  • Engineering data analysis and modeling for sustainment of complex electronic systems
  • Multispectral sensor fusion

SEAL also provides customer-tailored short courses in electronic defense.