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Nonlinear Physics

Nonlinear physics seeks out nonlinear behaviors of materials to exploit for Navy and Marine Corps applications. Interests are to invent new devices and to operate existing devices in new parameter regimes for superior properties, such as sensing, transmitting, receiving and computing. Improved devices will be based on materials and their nonlinear dynamical properties that lead to more sensitive, smaller, faster, more energy efficient and cost effective outcomes. The nonlinear dynamical physics will rely on novel electric, magnetic, optical and plasmonic properties of materials.

Nonlinear effects can include bifurcations, nano level synchronization, chaos, solitons and emergent spatial-temporal behaviors.

The interplay with noise can also be studied. Examples include:

  • Nano-spasers
  • Lasing properties of metamaterials
  • Random lasers
  • Rogue waves in multimode fiber lasers
  • Parity-time symmetry lasing in optical resonators
  • Spin torque nano-oscillator array synchronization for high power collimated microwave beams
  • Coupled Micro-Electro-Mechanical (MEM) and Nanoelectromechanical (NEMS) devices for navigation
  • SQUID arrays for Radio Frequency (RF) receivers
  • The role of synchronization for stability against noise in classical and quantum systems

Research can cover the gamut from novel nonlinear mathematics, physics models, simulations and laboratory experiments.

Research Concentration Areas

The research areas include, but are not limited to: photonic crystals, optical resonators, solid state physics, spintronics, control of network dynamics, laser physics, material science, NEMS and mathematics of nonlinear dynamics.

Research Challenges and Opportunities

  • Nonlinear mathematics of array dynamics for topologies and coupling schemes
  • Exploit nonlinear oscillator array synchronization for improved electric field, magnetic field and electromagnetic radiation detectors
  • Exploit chaos and control principles for agile robotic movements
  • Nano light sources for on-chip optical computing
  • Novel computing based on chaos
  • Coupled nano-spin pillar arrays for microwave generation
  • Nano-spaser (surface plasmon lasing)

How to Submit

For detailed application and submission information for this research topic, please refer to our broad agency announcement (BAA) No. N00014-23-S-B001.

Contracts: All white papers and full proposals for contracts must be submitted through FedConnect; instructions are included in the BAA.

Grants: All white papers for grants must be submitted through FedConnect, and full proposals for grants must be submitted through; instructions are included in the BAA.


Shlesinger, Mike Dr.
Program Officer
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