Advanced Concepts Laboratory (ACL)

Advanced Concepts Laboratory (ACL)

Formerly the Signature Technology Laboratory (STL)

ACL focuses on the transition of basic academic research into prototype systems that demonstrate new capabilities. The capabilities of interest are focused on sensing, scattering control, electromagnetic field control and measurement, signal filtering, and quantum computing.  ACL conducts research and development over a broad range of topics, including:

  • Electromagnetic materials, scattering, and structures
  • Innovative antennas
  • Advanced signal processing
  • Waveforms for electronic attack and protection
  • Ion-based science and technologies for quantum computing
  • Quantum computing architecture optimization
  • Optical and infrared physics and phenomenology

ACL maintains world-class numerical modeling and measurement capabilities that cover electromagnetic phenomena from quasi-static to ultraviolet (UV) wavelengths. Extensive facilities are devoted to:

  • Computational electromagnetics
  • Radar cross-section measurements
  • Antenna characterization
  • Electromagnetic materials characterization
  • Ion trap quantum computing using hyperfine and optical qubits
  • Optical measurements specializing in laser and white-light scatterometry

Specific ACL prototypes that have recently extended the state-of-the-art include: electrically thin, broadband antennas; self-adaptive antennas; near-field measurement systems that allow for accurate scattering measurements in non-ideal environments; radio frequency (RF) and infrared (IR) custom meta-material structures for management/control of signatures; microfabricated ion traps with integrated components for quantum computing applications; a multi-static radar system; and jammer-robust waveforms for use in future radars.