Naval Air Warface Center/Weapons Systems (Point Mugu, CA)

Naval Air Warface Center/Weapons Systems

Program Dates: TBD

Only U.S. citizens 16 years or older will be considered for positions at this lab.


Current Research Interests are as follows:

The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD) (formerly, Naval Weapons Center) is the principal Navy research, development, test, and evaluation center for air warfare systems (except antisubmarine warfare systems) and missile weapon systems. NAWCWPNS employs 5,000 civilian and 900 military personnel, 2,300 of whom are scientists and engineers. The Research and Technology Group, consisting of 130 scientists, engineers and supporting staff, is comprised of Sensors and Signals Sciences, Chemistry, and Engineering Sciences Divisions. The Research and Technology Group pursues active programs in diverse areas of material science, from synthetic programs in energetic materials to propellant evaluation; from solid-state and polymer chemistry to fabrication of prototype optical and electronic devices; from environmental analysis to materials characterization. Additional research areas include the generation, propagation, interaction and detection of electromagnetic waves, propulsion and terminal ballistics, signal and image processing, and applied mathematics.

The Michelson and Lauritsen Laboratory complexes provide 6 acres of floor area for research laboratories, offices and shops. Major resources for research include comprehensive facilities for molecular beam epitaxial (MBE) film growth, magnetic resonance, infrared, mass and optical spectroscopy, Xray diffraction, surface analysis and electron microscopy. There are facilities for basic and applied laser spectroscopy, including combustion diagnostics, a thin film laboratory, crystal growing facilities, machine shops, and a complete optics shop with a unique diamond singlepoint precision machining capability.

Major facilities exist in the Research and Technology Group and at various range facilities to support fundamental and applied studies in radar scattering, inverse radar scattering, signal processing, and microwave and millimeter wave devices, combustion of propellants, flow dynamics, shock dynamics and missile propulsion. NAWCWPNS also maintains a major scientific computing facility. Desktop personal computers are networked to the Center's mainframes for increased computing power.

Optical Sciences: Optical properties of solids, optical coatings, ellipsometry, optical scattering, laser effects, surface finishing, optical metrology.

Electrooptical Technology: Sensors and seekers, laser dyes, charge coupled devices, compact laser devices.

Electronics: Microelectronics, compound semiconductors, MBEgrown heterostructures

Microwave Technology: Sea scatter, target modeling, inverse scattering, automatic target identification, microwave materials, electronic warfare, missile seekers, one dimensional and synthetic aperture radars, superdirective superconductive antenna components.

Applied Mechanics: Detonation physics, warhead dynamics, damage mechanisms and theory, internal explosions.

Propulsion Technology: Combustion of propellants, deflagration to detonation transition, combustion instability, fuels and propellant ingredient synthesis, acoustic turbulence/combustion interactions, electromagnetic propulsion, ramjet propulsion.

Energetic Materials: Fuels, explosives, polynitrogen compounds, explosives formulation, propellant components.

Chemistry: Instrumental analysis, electrochemistry, organic and inorganic chemistry, applied spectroscopy, synthesis.

Material Science: Organic & inorganic films for electronic and optical applications, nano-powders, Langmuir-Blodgett films, organic-matrix structural & energetic composites, ceramics, coatings & adhesives, metallurgy, corrosion, IR-transparent materials.

Targeting Technology: RF, IR, laser sensors, multisensor fusion, automatic target recognition.

Human Factors: Multisensor targeting, manmachine interface, decision aiding.

Embedded Computing: Simulation and modeling, domain analysis and software reuse, artificial neural networks, fuzzy logic, software testing and reliability.

Millimeter Wave Solid State Technology: Device and circuits development for high power solid state transmitters and active aperture phasedarray radars combining quasioptical power.

Numerical Analysis/Digital Signal Processing: Wavelet theory, pattern recognition, fractal compression, optimal smoothing/interpolation, neural networks, fuzzy logic, genetic programming.