The Advanced Technology Laboratory (ATL) conducts a multi-discliplinary program
in underwater acoustics research, sonar system design, underwater mechanical and
optical system design, and electromagnetic systems research. These sonar systems
and designs can be found on submarines and surface ships and are used by Explosive
Ordinance Disposal divers and Special Forces. They also provide tactical capabillity
for the U.S. Navy and protect naval bases, ports, and harbors in both the United
States and around the world.
The high frequency (HF) sonar systems employed
on U.S. Navy attack class submarines were designed in ATL. These sonar systems represent a significant
capability for the USN submarine force.
ATL develops high-frequency, forward- and
side-looking active sonar systems for use in wide area mine detection and localization.
ATL develops software to
create underwater maps that reveal the detail of the ocean floor. This technology
is used to analyze complex ocean environments or even to locate ship wrecks from long ago.
ARL:UT is involved in the research,
design, and employment of underwater sensors for use with unmanned, underwater vehicle
(UUVs). In deploying UUVs underwater across the globe, ATL staff members are actively
applying computer science, electrical engineering, physics, and material sciences to
the development of advanced acoustic sensor packages for U.S. Navy systems.
Current research includes
designs for radio communications systems between remote unmanned underwater
vehicles and various military platforms, both air- and sea-based.