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



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Call for Papers

Contributions are solicited for presentation at the 2018 Annual Directed Energy Science and Technology Symposium with a primary interest in topics that support the research and development of directed energy technologies and subsystems. The Symposium is composed of conferences that share plenary, social and other sessions. Joint sessions involving two or more conferences may be arranged by their chairs. A poster session will be conducted during the Symposium. The co-located Directed Energy Education Workshop will publish an independent call for papers.

Conferences and Calls for Papers

The list of the constituent conferences and links to their calls for papers is given below. For answers to questions about any conference, contact its chairs as listed in the Symposium Contacts.

Beam Control Conference

The theme for this year’s Beam Control Conference is: Advancing beam control technologies in step with new advances in high power lasers. The conference has a twofold purpose: 1) to address beam control transition requirements and opportunities for near term HEL weapons systems and 2) to focus on maturing beam control technology to support future HEL weapons systems. Contributions consistent with these purposes are solicited, especially in the topic areas listed below.

  • Major beam control systems, experiments, and demonstrations
    • Integration issues between high power laser systems and beam control systems
    • Surface Navy Laser Weapons System (SNLWS),
    • Ground Based Air Defense (GBAD) Directed Energy (DE) On-the-Move (OTM),
    • Optical Dazzling Interdictor (ODIN)
    • High Energy Laser Mobile Test Truck (HEL-MTT),
    • High Energy Laser Tactical Vehicle Demonstrator (HEL TVD),
    • Self-Protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD),
    • High-power Adaptive Directed Energy System (HADES),
    • ABLE Beam Control Initiative.
  • Integration issues between high power laser systems and beam control systems
    • Autonomous end – to – end DE system alignment and operation
    • Reducing high frequency jitter and beam path compensation
  • Advanced sensors
    • Innovative or advanced beam control sensors and their respective algorithms
  • Laser target acquisition
    • Mission specific challenges related to target acquisition for HEL systems in real world environments (clutter, SNR, discrimination/identification)
    • Software and hardware solutions for target acquisition and identification for HEL systems
    • Integration between target acquisition systems and HEL beam control systems and kill chain/timeline analysis.
  • Tracking
    • Tracking and aimpoint maintenance algorithms for both strategic and tactical targets
    • Robust tracker/beam pointing mode control for HEL systems.
    • Target characteristics that impact tracking and aimpoint maintenance such as engagement geometries, specified aimpoint / track point positions, etc.
    • Jitter control to include active stabilization and IRUs
  • Beam control and optics technology
    • Innovative beam control concepts and architectures for jitter control, beam clean up, inertial referencing, and beam pointing.
    • Optical components and designs supporting beam control systems: Gimbals, fast steering mirrors, stable platforms, stable alignment sources, deformable mirrors, wavefront sensing and control, hi-speed cameras for tracking and wavefront control, etc.
    • Novel approaches to beam control system performance using lightweight, compact, possibly simplified designs
  • Atmospheric propagation in harsh environments
    • Measurements of propagation paths of interest for ground based, airborne, or sea environments.
    • Experimental results of deep turbulence related to laser propagation.
    • Unresolved turbulence issues of measurements in propagation experiments.
  • Aero-optics
    • Analysis of aero-optics effects based on CFD modeling, wind tunnel testing, or flight data.
    • Concepts for correction of aero-optics and atmospherics in combined systems.
    • Concepts for mitigation of aero-optics aberrations through active or passive flow control.
  • Phased and tiled arrays
    • Topics of interest include; phased array imaging, target based phase sensing, high power transmit arrays, laser development specific to phased arrays, sub-aperture power scaling technologies, aero-optic effects associated with a fuselage conformal window, fully functional beam directors that include all acquisition, pointing, and tracking functions, system control architectures, low observable fuselage conformal windows, innovative tracking approaches, and fiber based beam combing and mode control topics.
  • Target effects detection
    • Concepts for detecting target effects that will aid in Kill Assessment
  • High Rytov engagement - advanced adaptive optics
    • Innovative hardware concepts for using adaptive optics.
    • Conceptual designs for HEL systems.
    • Demonstrations of Adaptive Optics Concepts.

Contributions are only sought at the unclassified level at distributions up to distribution limitation D.
Submission Instructions

Counter Directed Energy Weapons Conference

This unique forum for Counter Directed Energy Weapons (C-DEW) will include classified and unclassified topics, panels, presentations, and discussion for identifying, assessing and countering threats posed by high energy lasers and high power radio frequency weapons (including high power microwaves) on and off the battlefield. Operational deployment of Directed Energy Weapons has already occurred. This track presents a unique opportunity at the Symposium for academia, industry and government to enter into a collaborative, learning environment for the exploration of technical concepts and operational environments enabling the survivability of modern military systems and assets where DEW exchanges can occur, in either conventional or unconventional warfare. The potential of leveraging commercial and industrial products through unique approaches, enabling quick technical solutions or enabling new research avenues for rapid progress - are of high interest. Student written academic papers are highly encouraged, which include discussions of seeking collaborative study.

Submissions of Conference papers for the C-DEW track may address research, development, testing and evaluation (RDT&E) of various forms of countermeasures for threats posed by Directed Energy Weapons is solicited. For the purposes of this specialized track, DEWs will be considered inclusive of particles, light, and radiofrequency waves or (non-nuclear weapon) electromagnetic pulses. DE Weapons effects considered may include the “5 D’s” – (operational) deterrence, (mission) disruption, (sensor or subsystem) damage, (structural) defeat, (temporary) disablement, or (system) destruction. Countermeasures for this track include, but are not limited to approaches that are hardware, software, shielding, reflective, and may include discussions or presentations on tactics, techniques and protocols (TTPs). The field is wide open on these conference paper or topic submissions.

Papers and presentations addressing themes are solicited for the 2018 Counter DE Weapons Conference in the areas described below, and specific track sessions will be developed based on the content of abstracts received (by the deadlines shown below ) for:

  • Assessments of threats posed by DE Weapons (Open or Classified, Foreign and Domestic)
  • Assessments of existing systems and countermeasures to DE Weapons (Open or Classified)
  • Protection for and Risks to Humans, from DEW effects (Open or Classified) including:
    • Low power lasers (e.g. pointers) against personnel, soldiers, commercial pilots and vehicle operators
    • Sensory overload (auditory or nervous system), including High Power Microwave area denial systems
    • Laser Safety, covering Environment/Health/Safety (EHS) factors
  • CDEW System or subsystem concepts, modifications and technical solutions for
    • Aircraft, including UAVs
    • Missiles, Rockets, Artillery and Mortars
    • Ground vehicles and dismounted personnel
    • Naval vessels including small boats
  • Tactical evasion (flight path, sensing)
  • Software compensation, Error sensing, Error correction
  • Electronics hardening (devices, components, or subsystems)
  • Shielding, absorptive, and reflective techniques (including eye protection)
  • Mitigating the effects of high power HEL or HPRf/HPM on targeting functionality including EO/IR sensors, Rf sensors or other targeting functionalities
  • Mitigating the effects of HEL, HPRf and particle beams on supporting subsystems, including GN&C (guidance, navigation and control), autopilot, and PNT (Precision Navigation and Timing) functionality – and associated cost implications
Submission Instructions

Counter Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Workshop

Strong evidence suggests that the efficacy of high power microwave (HPM) based counter unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technologies, depend strongly on all of the available source-to-target parameters, including: incident angle/polarization, power density, pulse duration, pulse repetition frequency, or average power, pulse rise time and/or bandwidth, degree/type of shielding, and, other waveform-target properties.

We invite abstracts for oral/poster presentations, for a counter-UAV (cUAV) focused session, that correlate and demonstrate trends between source-to-target parameters and target effect(s), measured and/or simulated in the HPM space. HPM is defined here as source parameters and/or effects that exceed the electronic warfare threshold, but could also include MIL-STD 464C test results. Target classes include all UAV group types, including physically or electronically hardened systems, whose discussion can be maintained up to the Secret level. Related or supporting abstracts, including: (1) target effect diagnostic capabilities development/implementation for UAV platforms; (3) improved design-of-experiments approaches for large parameter set testing; or, (4) unique data analysis or effects data visualization for HPM-based cUAV work, will also be considered.

Submission Instructions

High Energy Laser Lethality Conference

The High Energy Laser (HEL) Lethality Conference will assemble scientists and engineers interested in HEL weapon lethality. The objectives of the conference are: 1) address lethality requirements necessary to realize HEL weapons on the battlefield, 2) focus the conference on dynamic testing, modeling and analysis of complex targets, 3) use the forum as a means to inform the HEL community and potential HEL Weapons implementers of the latest findings regarding lethality work, 4) focus on specific missions of interest from a lethality viewpoint, and 5) to continue to cultivate synergism between the HEL communities to effectively transition High Energy Laser Weapons to the warfighter. Papers are solicited that are consistent with these objectives, but particularly ones that meet the criteria below.

HEL lethality studies conducted by program offices and other research organizations working in the area of systems engineering and target system response will be featured. This includes engagement level analysis and system data supporting the development of HEL weapon lethality criteria for targets of interest.

Work sponsored by program offices and other organizations conducting experimental as well as theoretical research will be presented. This includes basic optical, mechanical and thermal investigation on materials, components, and systems. Continuous Wave (CW), pulsed, and ultra-short pulsed (USP) laser effects will be covered.

Submission Instructions

Non-Lethal Directed Energy Weapons and Enabling Technologies Conference

Non-lethal directed energy weapons (NL DEWs) can play a critical role in missions across the range of military operations. These devices have been and continue to be extremely valuable to troops involved in current operations. As with two previous conferences in 2015 and 2016, the currently focus includes the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program technology development efforts as they relate to the development of future NL DEW prototypes as well as development of peripheral technologies that comprise the many subsystems and components of these NL DEW prototype systems. Note that many of the technology areas in NL DEW research overlap with other DE applications, and the conference hopes to provide a technical forum for technology development that is broadly applicable.

Papers are solicited that support these interests. Pertinent topics include:

  • Current JNLW DE research results
  • Size, Weight, and Power consumption, thermal cooling and system costs S&T efforts
  • Laser technologies
  • High power microwave (hpm), including sources, antennas, propagation and effects
Submission Instructions

Ultra-Short Pulse Laser Conference

The Ultrashort Pulse Laser Conference will be addressing all aspects of ultrashort pulse laser science, technology and applications. Potential communities of interest range from security and defense to broader research and industrial arenas. This session will be accepting submissions for both an unclassified limited distribution forum and a SECRET level classified forum.

Topics of interest include:

  • New USPL development
  • USPL system enablers such as beam directing, adaptive optics and active dispersion control
  • Exploration of USPL parameters including wavelength, pulse shape, energy, repetition rate, etc.
  • Modeling of USPL propagation and material interactions
  • Counter USPL techniques
  • USPL effects and applications
Submission Instructions

Wireless Power Beaming Conference

Wireless Power Beaming, or long-distance wireless power transmission, is an emerging technology with far-reaching implications. It is potentially revolutionary for its ability to provide power in the burgeoning drone applications area and for remote or inaccessible facilities, sensors, and locations. Wireless Power Beaming also constitutes a critical element for solar power satellite concepts. Many novel applications could be enabled with effective, practical means of power beaming. It shares many technological commonalities with directed energy, though the latter currently enjoys greater maturity.

For the 20th DEPS S&T symposium, submissions are sought that explore and extend power beaming technology, including but not limited to:

  • Transmission Technologies: laser, millimeter-wave, and microwave sources and their associated supporting elements
  • Receiver Technologies: laser power converters, rectennas, heat exchangers, heat engines, and their associated supporting elements
  • Leveraging of Directed Energy Assets for Power Beaming: methods that exploit existing systems to stand up power beaming capabilities
  • Safety Systems: measures and techniques to allow the safe and fail-safe operation of power beaming systems beyond the laboratory environment
  • Applications of Power Beaming: approaches with compelling benefits over existing solutions, and use cases enabled by power beaming
  • Transmission Media Considerations: assessments and mitigation techniques for perturbations and challenges associated with electromagnetic wave propagation for power beaming
  • Demonstrations of Power Beaming: end-to-end system demonstrations resulting in usable power at the receiver, or that exhibit key subsystem performance, such as retro-directive beam control
  • Power Beaming Metrics: identification and exposition of parameters and factors to allow meaningful comparison of power beaming system and subsystem performance
  • Economics, Logistical, Regulatory, and Political Matters: non-technical issues with bearing on power beaming’s feasibility

Important Dates for Presenters

  15 December 2017
Abstracts due

  12 January 2018
Authors notified of acceptance

  9 February 2018
Presentations due with release forms

  23 February 2018
Papers due with release forms

  26 February - 2 March
Annual DE S&T Symposium

Submission Instructions

General information on the submission of abstracts, presentations, papers and release forms is provided here. Specific information on sending presentations and papers will be provided here soon. Presentations and papers will be considered for acceptance at Distribution Limitations A, C and D and at Secret levels, although some conferences have more restrictive requirements as outlined in the calls.

Note that it is the responsibility of the lead author to obtain all approvals and releases for submitted abstracts, presentations, and papers. All submitted materials including unclassified presentations must be appropriately marked for security classification as well as identification of any distribution restrictions. Additionally, please identify the presenter (if different from the lead author) and update contact information.


All persons wishing to present at the 2018 Annual DE S&T Symposium must submit an abstract for consideration. Abstracts must be unclassified and are due on or before 15 December 2017. Abstracts are to be submitted using an online form to be available here soon.

Instructions for submitting presentations, papers and release forms will also be available here.

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