MIT Lincoln Laboratory, in partnership with MIT Press, has established the MIT Lincoln Laboratory Series to publish select elements of the laboratory's fundamental research in support of national security. Authored by Lincoln Laboratory experts and distinguished collaborators, the volumes in the series cover technology areas in which the laboratory has made significant contributions. The books are intended as comprehensive resources for practicing engineers, researchers, educators, and upper-level students in engineering and related fields. The first two volumes, "Perspectives on Defense Systems Analysis" and "Ultrawideband Phased Array Antenna Technology for Sensing and Communications Systems," are now available.
In the inaugural book, "Perspectives on Defense Systems Analysis," William Delaney, Lincoln Laboratory director's fellow and a longtime member of the Defense Science Board, shares his and nine other authors' accounts of experiences leading or participating in dozens of studies analyzing defense systems for the U.S. government. Through these experts' narratives of varied systems analysis initiatives, a description emerges of an overarching process for examining complex scientific, engineering, and technological problems. The critical stages of this process defining problems — understanding the scientific principles and the nonscientific issues involved, and framing and assessing possible solutions — are a road map for newcomers to systems analysis.
"Ultrawideband Phased Array Antenna Technology for Sensing and Communications Systems" is a timely resource both for practicing antenna, radar, and communications engineers and for graduate students and researchers in electrical engineering. As members of the technical staff at Lincoln Laboratory, the authors, Alan Fenn and Peter Hurst, are engaged in the research and development of innovative antennas for ultrawideband applications. They begin their textbook with a review of the fundamentals of electromagnetic theory, antennas, and phased arrays. This background is then applied to the design of practical ultrawideband antenna arrays, using illustrative examples of arrays that enable ground-based and airborne sensing and communications systems.
MIT Lincoln Laboratory is a Department of Defense federally funded research and development center, chartered since 1951 to develop advanced technological solutions to national security challenges. Its core competencies are in sensing, information extraction (signal processing and embedded computing), communications, and decision support, all supported by a broad research base in advanced electronics. Future books are planned on a range of topics, including decision support, space surveillance, multiple target tracking, and adaptive array signal processing.
Books in the series MIT Lincoln Laboratory Series are available for order from MIT Press online at MIT Lincoln Laboratory Series page.