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US Dept Defense & AFOSR – Australia-US Directed Energy Program (AUSDEP)


The US Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) and US DoD Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD R&E) are seeking bilateral US-Australia proposals for fundamental research in directed energy, particularly in relation to the advancement of high power laser and microwave systems.

  • 2-page white papers due 12 June 2023
  • projects will run for three years with up to USD$150,000 per year for each PI (ie up to $900,000 per collaboration over the 3 years)
  • US collaborator must be from a US academic institution or DoD laboratory
  • Australian collaborator must be from an Australian academic institution
  • one application per PI

Suggested Scientific Areas for Fundamental Research under AUSDEP

  1.  High Power Lasers (Continuous Wave or Long Pulse, but not Ultra-short)
    – Pulse shaping / compression, power scaling
    – Stimulated Brillouin Scattering (SBS) suppression/mitigation
  2.  Novel wavelengths in both continuous wave (CW) and pulsed lasers
    – Raman lasers and high efficiency wavelength conversion
    – Near infra-red (NIR), Mid-infrared (MIR) and/or eye-safe lasers
  3.  Beam dynamics and propagation
    – Adaptive optics and atmospheric compensation
    – Beam shaping, multi-beam combination & phasing
  4.  Compact high power laser sources
    – Semiconductor lasers
    – Fiber lasers, fiber amplifiers and novel fiber wavelengths/materials/profiles
  5.  High power radio frequency & microwaves
    – High frequency / high power amplifiers
    – Fast solid state pulsed power
    – Gyromagnetic / nonlinear transmission lines
    – Materials, components, and manufacturing processes for high power electromagnetism

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Supporting document

Program Announcement:AUS-US DE Program APAN Call




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