Military Embedded Systems

Naval Research Lab, MacB team up to design and test pulsed power sources


August 28, 2018

Mariana Iriarte

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

DAYTON, Ohio. The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Plasma Physics Division will be working with MacAulay-Brown, Inc. (MacB), an Alion company, to research, design, develop, integrate, and test pulsed power sources.

Under this effort, MacB scientists, engineers, and technicians will perform on-site experimental and theoretical research in pulsed power physics and engineering, plasma physics, intense laser and charged particle-beam physics, advanced radiation production, and transport. Additional work will include electromagnetic-launcher technology, the physics of low-energy nuclear reactions and advanced energetics, production of high-power microwave sources, and the development of new techniques to diagnose and advance those experiments.

The indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract is worth $12 million. Most of the work on the five-year SeaPort-e task order will be performed at MacB’s Commonwealth Technology Division (known as CTI) in Alexandria, Virginia.

“CTI has provided scientific expertise, custom engineering, and fabrication services for the Plasma Physics Division since the 1980s,” says Greg Yadzinski, Vice President of the CTI organization under MacB’s National Security Group (NSG). “This new work will build on CTI’s long history of service to expand our capabilities into the division’s broad theoretical and experimental pulsed power physics, the interaction of electromagnetic waves with plasma, and other pulsed power architectures for future applications.”


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