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 has published 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.

Advanced High Power Laser Conference

The Advanced High Power Laser Conferences continues its mission to be the premier technical meeting for the DoD high power laser community by bringing together researchers and managers from government, contractor, and university settings for the exchange of ideas relating to the development of high power laser systems, as well as related technologies. Contributions are solicited for the presentation at the conference. Abstracts are being accepted from all areas relevant to the development of high power lasers for DoD applications, with a particular interest in these areas:

  • Solid state lasers
    • Bulk high power solid state lasers
    • High power fiber lasers
    • High brightness and power diode lasers
    • Coherent/incoherent beam combination
    • Beam quality
  • High power gas and hybrid lasers
    • Diode Pumped Alkali Lasers (DPALs)
    • Rare Gas Lasers
    • Exciplex pumped alkali laser (XPAL)
    • Diode laser pumping sources
    • Gas laser amplifiers
Submission Instructions

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

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

High Power Microwave Conference

The High Power Microwave Conference provides a forum to present updates on new and innovative programs and research in the area of high power microwaves, HPM effects, and the hardware and software building blocks. Presentations and papers are solicited for the areas listed below. Note that while these are the suggested topic areas, other topics pertaining to HPM will also be considered.

  • Advancements in theoretical and experimental HPM counter-electronic, countervehicle effects and effects models
  • Advanced pulsed power for HPM systems, including new research/results on designs, materials, switches, interfaces
  • Advanced HPM sources for HPM systems (amplifiers, NLTLs, vacuum, solid state)
  • Advanced antennas for HPM systems
  • Modeling and simulation of HPM systems, propagation, and components
  • Advanced materials development for HPM system components (high breakdown materials, high current density materials, emission modeling)

Submission Instructions

HPM 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

Non-Lethal Directed Energy Weapons and Enabling Technologies Conference

The Nation’s Joint Forces’ missions span the full range of military operations (ROMO) across the globe, from peacekeeping, disaster response, and humanitarian assistance to major combat campaigns. The current toolkit of non-lethal weapons, supported by the Dept. of Defense (DoD) Non-Lethal Weapons (NLW) Program and the Armed Services, provides commanders with additional options between “shout and shoot” and supports escalation of force opportunities over the ROMO. With increased decision time and space, these “escalation of force” opportunities help minimize civilian casualties and reduce collateral damage in the all too common mixed/asymmetric battlefield.

The value of directed energy weapons have long been recognized, but they have also been considered to be “5 years away” for many years now. The viability and availability of non-lethal directed energy weapons (NL DEW) can now be considered an exception to this rule as many NL DEWs have recently completed or are currently undergoing military user assessments (MUAs) and thus these prototypes can be considered as being in the here and the now. These MUAs have shown that NL DEW technologies can play a critical role in this “escalation of force” concept, with application across the ROMO.

The goal of many of these MUAs and operational assessments is to prove that these prototypes are at a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of 6 or 7. Thus this NL DEW conference will emphasize information on current NL DEW system prototypes as well as on newly developed NL DEW technologies and systems prototypes. Sessions in this NL DEW conference will address the ability to 1) stop/neutralize vehicles, vessels, aircraft, and other threat weapon systems by employing Radio Frequency/High-Power Microwave (RF/HPM) energy, 2) deny, suppress, and move individuals using millimeter wave (mmW) electro-magnetic energy commonly referred to as Active Denial Technology, and 3) hail, warn, and suppress individuals at safe standoff ranges by employing low-power lasers and long-range audio/acoustic devices. A fourth session in this conference will focus on the development of associated peripheral technologies that comprise the many subsystems and components of these NL DEW prototype systems. The goal of this fourth session is to show progress in reducing the overall NL DEW system prototype’s size, weight and power consumption, thermal cooling, and system cost (SWaP/C2). Note that many of the technology areas in NL DEW research overlap with other DE applications, and this conference hopes to provide a technical forum for technology development that is broadly applicable across the DEW community.

Papers are solicited that support these interests. Pertinent topics include current NL DEW research and development efforts both by the DoD NLW Program and also by other government agencies, large and small industry, and academia. Includes research related to:

    • High Power Microwave S&T efforts including HPM sources, antennas, propagation and target effects
  • Active Denial Technologies
  • NL Laser and Focused Acoustic Technologies (to include dazzling lasers and non-lethal laser induced plasma weapons), and
  • DEW subsystems and components with reduced system Size, Weight, and Power consumption, thermal cooling and system cost
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

The abstract deadline has passed. Individual conferences may be willing to entertain more abstracts on a space-available basis. Contact a member of the conference committee, listed here, if you desire to submit a late abstract.

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. Individual conferences may be willing to entertain more abstracts on a space-available basis. Contact a member of the conference committee, listed here, if you desire to submit a late abstract.

Authors will be notified on or before 12 January of acceptance of their paper for presentation and/or publication.

Authors may choose whether to release either the title or the abstract online. Those who do not yet have public release approval are encouraged to submit the abstract before the deadline and select the appropriate options on the submission form to keep the details off the Website listing. Authors may also make arrangements to submit classified or limited distribution material. To do so, authors should submit a place-holder title and abstract through the online submission form and follow the instructions there that are suitable for their material.

Please contact with any technical issues regarding abstract submission. Subject matter questions regarding abstracts should be directed to a member of the symposium technical committee.

Note: While an automated email is sent confirming receipt of your abstract, some military domains may block delivery of such an email. If you do not receive email confirmation, you may check this online listing of submitted abstracts. This listing is dynamically generated based on abstracts received at the time the page is displayed and author permission (granted when submitted). If the title of your abstract (or the abstract number assigned) is contained in this listing, it has been received by DEPS.

Presentations and Papers

Authors should note that all presentations, including classified ones, are due by 9 February. This deadline should be kept in mind when scheduling presentation creation and seeking institutional permissions to present at the Symposium.

Presentations should be in Microsoft Powerpoint format. The file name of the presentation must include the abstract number. Any video material used must be imbedded within your presentation and cannot exceed 20MB. Additionally, please note that when submitting unclassified presentations on CD via mail, your CD will not be returned.

Authors are encouraged to submit papers based on their presentations to be published in the Symposium proceedings. Papers should be in Microsoft Word or PDF format, and follow the DEPS Conference Paper Format instructions. With author approval, papers may also be forwarded for consideration by editors of the Journal of Directed Energy, a peer-reviewed publication.

Papers and presentations must be assigned the appropriate authorized Distribution Statement as well as with the pertinent security markings.

Unclassified, public release (Distribution A) presentations and papers that are less than 5MB in size can be sent electronically to Carolyn Bowman at Unclassified presentations and papers that are Distribution C or D, contain embedded videos, or are more than 5MB in size can be mailed on a CD to the following address or uploaded to a secure file transfer site such as AMRDEC.

DEPS Graphics
695 Conway Ave.
Las Cruces, NM 88005

Unclassified presentations must be received by 9 February; papers by 23 February.

Classified papers and presentations can be mailed via either US Postal Service registered mail or via FedEx to the address below. Please be sure and use the correct address depending on the mail option you are using.

FedEx Mailing Option
  US Postal Service Registered Mail Option
Outer envelope:
Attention: Document Control
801 University Blvd. SE, Suite 209
Albuquerque, NM 87106

Inner Envelope
Attention: Tisha Mangold
801 University Blvd. SE, Suite 209
Albuquerque, NM 87106

When sending Fed-X, please mail at least 7 days prior to the appropriate due date to ensure on time dlivery.

  Outer envelope:
Attention: Document Control
P.O. Box 4880
Albuquerque, NM 87196-4880

Inner Envelope
Attention: Trisha Mangold
P.O. Box 4880
Albuquerque, NM 87196-4880

When sending via USPS, please mail at least 14 days prior to due date to ensure on-time delivery.

Please mail classified submissions NLT 2 February in order to guarantee receipt by 9 February.

Please ensure packaging on outer envelope does not display individual names or security classification; display only destination and a valid return address. Remember also that the CD as well as the actual file(s) must be appropriately marked. See Security Markings below. Example CD markings are as follows:
    (U) This Is My Story, Date, Classified
    By: (person name, office symbol, and title that is creating the document)
    Derived From: (what documents were used to classify the document)
    Declassify On: (date the document can be declassified)

All Classified and Limited Distribution presentations must be received by 9 February; papers by 23 February. Please be sure and mail classified submissions in sufficient time to ensure deliery by the advertised due date.

Release Forms

Release forms are required for all papers and presentations submitted to the Annual DE S&T Symposium. These Microsoft Word release forms can be completed electronically, then printed for signature and submission. It is the responsibility of the lead author to obtain all approvals and releases for submitted presentations and papers. Submission instructions are provided on the form itself. Forms are due at the same time as the corresponding presentation/paper. Note that poster papers are considered presentations and the presentation release form should be used in those cases.

Presentation Release Form      Paper Release Form

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