The events of 9/11 transformed airport security, bringing not only tighter regulations and increased security measures but also technological advances that make our airports and air travel safer. Scientists and engineers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have been pioneering first-of-a-kind, high-resolution, wideband holographic imaging systems for over 30 years—technology that has been applied to several applications, including the millimeter-wave imaging systems used in airports, to ground penetrating radar, and improvised explosive device detection systems.
Much of this research is performed at PNNL’s Engineering Development Laboratory (EDL) facility. Dedicated exclusively to national security missions, EDL is well-equipped with radiofrequency (RF), microwave, and millimeter-wave test equipment, including transceivers, linear and nonlinear vector network analyzers, and spectrum analyzers.
This specialized PNNL facility enables end-to-end research capabilities such as:
- Advanced prototype development
- Algorithm development
- Modeling and simulation
- Antenna design
- Radiofrequency/Microwave design
- Electronic/printed circuit board design
- Tests and measurement
The workspaces within EDL include multiple electronics laboratories dedicated to national security missions, as well as dedicated precision surface mount technology fabrication equipment that can be used during test and integration activities.