DIRECTED ENERGY PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY


Annual Directed Energy Science and Technology Symposium
26 February - 2 March 2018 Oxnard, California





 

Overview

Symposium Contacts

Agenda

Short Courses

Location & Hotel

Registration & Fees

Call for Papers

Submissions

Exhibits

Catered Event

Hospitality Suites

 

Short Courses

The short courses listed below are being offered on Monday, 26 February. Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits are awarded by DEPS for completion of the short courses.

Registration for the short courses requires payment of a fee. See Course Registration & Fees at the end of this page. Registration for a short course does not require registration for the Symposium.

Not all courses are open to all registrants. All of the classes are unclassified, but some have additional participation requirements, which are listed below and are identified in the Classification field in the course descriptions. See also the Security section, to be available soon here.

  • Distribution limitation A - Any registrant may participant.
  • Distribution limitation C - Restricted to U.S. citizens who are employees of the federal government or its contractors.
  • Distribution limitation D - Restricted to U.S. citizens who are employees of the Department of Defense or its contractors.


    Morning Courses

  1. Introduction to High Energy Laser Systems

  2. Introduction to High Power Microwave Systems

  3. Introduction to Beam Control

  4. Phased Array HEL Systems
    Full Day Courses

  1. Introduction to Tri-Service Lethality Science

  2. Beam Directors 101
    Afternoon Courses

  1. Atmospheric Laser Propagation

  2. Thermal Management Technologies

  3. HPM Modeling and Effects


Course 1.  Introduction to High Energy Laser Systems

Classification: Distribution limitation A

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Duration: Half-day course, 0800 to 1200

CEUs awarded: 0.35

Course Description:This lecture will introduce the field of HEL weapons and their associated technologies using an interweaving of technical requirements, history, and accomplishments. The basic attributes of HEL weapons will be covered, leading into discussions of laser-material interaction, lethality, potential weapon applications, system requirements, laser power scaling, propagation, and beam control. DoD interest in tactical applications, current technical issues, and areas of research emphasis will be highlighted.

Intended Audience: This course is geared to those with a technical background who seek an overview of HEL technology and the current state of the art. Individuals who are beginning to work in the field or technical managers who wish an integrated overview would benefit from the class.

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Course 2.  Introduction to High Power Microwave Systems

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Duration: Half-day course, 0800-1200

CEUs awarded: 0.35

Course Description: This course will provide an introduction to High Power Microwave (HPM) weapons. The course consists of four parts: 1) a general introduction to the basic terms and concepts, 2) a discussion of the varous types of effects that can be induced and how they are characterized, 3) the technologies that enable HPM weaponization, and 4) hardening techniques and technologies.

At the end of the class, students will know what HPM Weapons are and how they differ from classical Electronic Warfare and nuclear EMP. Students will learn the various ways in which microwaves couple into a target (i.e., front door/back door, in-band/out-of-band) and some of the many sorts of effects that they can precipitate. Technology discussions will show the difference between narrow band (NB) and ultra-wide band (UWB) sources, antennas and diagnostics, as well as the principal elements of the power systems needed to support them. The course concludes with a discussion of hardening techniques and technologies.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Definitions, motivation, notional concepts
  • Effects on targets of interest
  • Technology - Sources, Antennas, Diagnostics, Power Conditioning and Power Sources
  • Hardening Technologies and Techniques

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Course 3.  Introduction to Beam Control

Classification: Unclassified, Open

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Duration: Half-day course, 0800-1200

CEUs awarded: 0.35

Course Description: This class will include an overview of existing beam control technologies and will look at beam control systems envisioned for the future. The class starts with the development of performance equations of a propagated laser beam and shows how disturbances, like jitter, degrade performance. Supporting technologies that include random data processing techniques and control system design will be reviewed prior to discussing beam control designs. Pointing and tracking beam control components and systems will be discussed. The topics of gimbal systems and alignment systems will be described and math models developed. Controls modeling for adaptive optics will be presented. The concepts for future fiber laser beam control systems will be introduced.

Topics to be covered include:

  • System performance equations
  • Use of random data to characterize a control system
  • Classical design of a control loop
  • Small angle jitter control
  • Large angle pointing control, gimbals
  • Tracking algorithms
  • Adaptive optics controls modeling and introduction to fiber systems
  • Analysis of a complete beam control system

Intended Audience: The class assumes the students have an engineering background and understand the use differential equations. The class is aimed at persons who will be analyzing beam control system performance, but also should be of use to managers who desire to understand the techniques available for analysis of beam control systems. The class will cover the necessary introductory material, but will progress through this material at a fast pace.

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Course 4.  Phased Array HEL Systems

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Duration: Half-day course, 0800-1200

CEUs awarded: 0.35

Course Description: This class will include an overview of existing beam control technologies and will look at beam control systems envisioned for the future. The class starts with the development of performance equations of a propagated laser beam and shows how disturbances, like jitter, degrade performance. Supporting technologies that include random data processing techniques and control system design will be reviewed prior to discussing beam control designs. Pointing and tracking beam control components and systems will be discussed. The topics of gimbal systems and alignment systems will be described and math models developed. Controls modeling for adaptive optics will be presented. The concepts for future fiber laser beam control systems will be introduced.

Topics include:

  • System performance equations
  • Use of random data to characterize a control system
  • Classical design of a control loop
  • Small angle jitter control
  • Large angle pointing control, gimbals
  • Tracking algorithms
  • Adaptive optics controls modeling and introduction to fiber systems
  • Analysis of a complete beam control system

Intended Audience: The class assumes the students have an engineering background and understand the use differential equations. The class is aimed at persons who will be analyzing beam control system performance, but also should be of use to managers who desire to understand the techniques available for analysis of beam control systems. The class will cover the necessary introductory material, but will progress through this material at a fast pace.

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Course 5.  Introduction to Tri-Service Lethality Science

Classification: Distribution Limitation C

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Day/Time: All day course, 0800-1700

CEUs awarded: 0.7

Course Description: The short course consists of two distinct sessions as described below.

The Lethality Testing/Equipment Session will provide a discussion of all elements of HEL Lethality testing. The course will address data collection standards to be applied during the planning and execution of the test to assure meaningful and accurate data is collected. It will describe techniques for measuring laser parameters such as power and beam profile during the execution of the test. Experimental test setup and processes will be described along with data acquisition requirements for targets, facility and test conditions as well as the instrumentation and equipment necessary to acquire those measurements. The testing session will conclude with a discussion of testing strategy for successful conducting remote testing. This will include development of test matrices to describe all the key test parameters as well as techniques and methods to execute HEL Lethality full scale target testing.

The Modeling & Simulation Session will describe the key physics associated with laser-material interaction modeling as it applies to laser lethality. The fundamental equations, boundary conditions, input data, analytical and numerical modeling approaches will be reviewed. A summary will be provided of various models, codes and tools used to analyze and predict target effects during HEL engagement. In addition, an overview of the target vulnerability assessment process will be provided in the context of generating target effects data for mission level simulations.

Intended Audience: Students attending this course should have an undergraduate degree in science or engineering. The course is tailored for the system program manager, system designer, and the lethality analyst who are interested in learning the full gamut of HEL lethality and target vulnerability analysis and testing. Experience in the field would be helpful but not necessary.

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Course 6.  Beam Directors 101

Classification: Distribution limitation D

Instructor: Bill Decker, DE Consultant

Day/Time: All day course, 0800-1700

CEUs awarded: 0.7

Course Description: The course will cover beam directors from the requirements and parameter that determine the overall approach to the development of a strategy to acquire and integrate a beam director into an HEL system. Subjects include:

  • Performance requirements that drive the design.
  • Laser parameters and how they affect the beam director.
  • Optical design issues, including aperture, F/#, optical materials and HEL coatings.
  • Mechanical design issues, including on-axis and off-axis designs, materials.
  • Beam director design basics, including gimbal performance requirements, jitter and tracking rates.
  • Other considerations, including stray light, off-axis sensors, control systems.
  • Beam director systems engineering - balancing performance with cost, schedule and risk.
  • How to get the best beam director for your budget.

Intended Audience: Program managers, lead engineers, systems engineers of HEL systems that will include a beam director. A technical background is useful, but not required.

Instructor Biography: Bill Deckerís 45 year career includes active duty, industry, university and now DAU experience. He received a BS in Engineering from Cornell University and a MS in Physics from the Naval Postgraduate School. After retirement from the Army, he spent three years with ITT Night Vision as the Manager of Advanced Technology Programs; two years as a program manager with the University of Texas Applied Research Laboratory; and eleven years with Brashear, a Division of L-3 Communications where he was a program manager, product line manager and business developer. At DAU, Bill Decker taught courses in Systems Engineering Management, Information Systems Management and Science & Technology Management. Additionally, he has been invited to lead seminars and give numerous lectures on intellectual property/data rights and open systems architecture. Bill is an active member of the Directed Energy Professional Society(DEPS), where he was a member of the Board of Directors for six years, and Secretary of the Board for two years. Bill has presented numerous short courses at DEPS meetings on Technology Transition, Systems Engineering, IP/Data Rights, High Energy Laser Beam Directors and Optical Materials and Coatings for DE applications.


Course 7.  Atmospheric Laser Propagation

Classification: Distribution limitation C

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Duration: Half-day course, 1300-1700

CEUs awarded: 0.35

Course Description: This course addresses how to characterize and quantify the major effects of the atmosphere on directed energy weapons propagation. A first principles atmospheric propagation and characterization code called the Laser Environmental Effects Definition and Reference (LEEDR) is described and demonstrated. LEEDR enables the creation of climatologically- or numerical weather prediction (NWP)-derived vertical profiles of temperature, pressure, water vapor content, optical turbulence, and atmospheric particulates and hydrometeors as they relate to line-by-line or band-averaged layer extinction coefficient magnitude at any wavelength from 200 nm to 8.6 m. Applying those atmospheric effects to High Energy Lasers (HELs) is addresses by introducing and demonstrating a high-fidelity scaling-law HEL propagation coded called the High Energy Laser End-to-End Operational Simulation HELEEOS.

The course outline is as follows:

  • Intro to atmospheric structure and constituents
    • Atmospheric boundary layer
    • Aerosol / fog / clouds
  • Atmospheric radiative / propagation effects
    • Extinction, refraction
    • Optical turbulence, scintillation
    • Laser Environmental Effects Definition and Reference (LEEDR)
  • HEL thermal blooming effects in the atmosphere
  • Optics, beam control: turbulence / thermal blooming compensation
  • Coherent beam combining
  • High Energy Laser End to End Operational Simulation (HELEEOS)

Intended Audience: US Government personnel and their direct contractors who have program requirements for or are interested in methods and tools to assess realistic environments and environmental effects for HEL modeling and simulation, HEL mission planning, and/or military systems operations. The course assumes the students have some technical background in radiative transfer through the atmosphere--either via an undergraduate degree or career experience.

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Course 8.  Thermal Management Technologies

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Day/Time: Half-day course, runs 1300-1700

CEUs awarded: 0.35

Course Description: This course offers an overview of current major challenges in thermal management of lasers/electro-optical components/systems and it describes prospective solutions. Students will learn how to approach thermal management from the system engineering point-of-view, become familiar with prospective solutions, and will be introduced to techniques for conducting trade analyses. Significant portion of the course will be devoted to enduring challenges in thermal management, namely handling of high-heat flux loads, dealing with high-power momentary loads, cryogenic cooling, and thermal management on military land/air vehicles. Numerous examples from specific projects and lessons learned will be described. Methodologies, solution toolbox, and extensive references to in-depth information will be provided in printed course material.

Topics include:

  • Requirements for thermal management lasers/electro-optics on military platforms
  • Thermal management principles
  • Applicable thermal management technologies and their limitations
  • Exemplary cases (requirements, what was done, what did / did not work and why)
  • System engineering approach to thermal management
  • Enduring challenges and paths to solutions
  • Future perspectives

Intended Audience: This course is aimed at systems engineers, project engineers/managers/planners, and electro-optical engineers /scientists, but thermal management experts will also benefit from attending. Undergraduate education in science and engineering is beneficial.

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Course 9.  HPM Modeling and Effects

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Day/Time: Half-day course, runs 1300-1700

CEUs awarded: 0.35

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Course Fees

 

  Single Half-Day Two Half-Day
   Full-time students $0 $0
   Others $250 $450
 
   Note: Two half day classes can be selected for the price of a full-day class.

Registration

To register for a short course separate from the Annual DE S&T Symposium, select one of the following options. (If you plan to also register for the Symposium, you may use the Symposium registration form instead.)

  • Complete this form to register on-line. Note that on-line registration does not require on-line payment.

    Some organizations have installed web filters that prevent on-line registration from inside their facilities. If this appears to be true for you, please try again off-site or use the registration option below.

  • Print this registration form (in PDF format) and follow the instructions provided.

Persons requesting cancellation through 29 January will receive a full refund. Cancellations after 29 January are subject to a $100 cancellation fee. There will be no refunds after 23 February.


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