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Electromagnetic Consortium Considered

October 1998

ITL's Mathematical and Computational Sciences Division (MCSD) hosted a workshop August 11-12 in Boulder with government, academic and industrial participants to consider the formation of a consortium for the modeling of electromagnetic scattering. Spearheaded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the effort follows recognition that recent advances in simulation methods for electromagnetics, centering primarily on the fast multipole method, now have the potential to achieve a dramatic impact on applied problems. These methods, developed in part at NIST, can reduce the computational complexity and improve the potential accuracy of software for the solution of Maxwell's equations in quite general settings. Existing codes, developed primarily as research tools, must be extended and commercialized to achieve this potential.

Industrial companies having a substantial stake in low-observable (stealth) technologies, namely Boeing, Lockheed-Martin, Northrup-Grumman, and Raytheon, sent representatives to the workshop to discuss how such a consortium could be structured. Applications beyond aircraft and missiles, including antennas, microelectronics, and optoelectronics, were also discussed. MCSD anticipates a continuing role in the formation of this consortium and helping to bring the benefits of these algorithmic advances into broad commercial use.

(bullet) Bradley K. Alpert (NIST/MCSD/MMG)

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