Research Support Instruments' main office is located in Lanham, Maryland. The Lanham office has focused on space missions, while the Princeton office concentrates on plasma effects and material science. Our NRL on-site teams have provide experimental facility support in plasma physics and laser acoustics.
The Lanham, Maryland Operations develop space instrumentation and perform research in space sciences, theoretical and experimental plasma physics, optics, nondestructive evaluation of materials, and radiometry. For the past 20 years, RSI-Lanham has provided high quality science, engineering, and systems support for customers including the Navy, Air Force, and NASA. For example, RSI performed systems engineering, calibration, integration, and testing of the optical sensors used on-board of the successful NRL Clementine Moon-mapping mission in 1994. The 5337-square-foot Lanham office houses optics and microwave laboratories.
NRL On-site Operations
NRL on-site operations support the Plasma Physics Division in its operation of, and research with, high power lasers. Devices include the Pharos, T-Cubed, and NIKE laser systems. The group conducts research in laser device physics, beam propagation, laser-material processing, and remote sensing. Recent activities include research in longitudinal compression of short pulses in air, guided electric discharges triggered by femtosecond laser filaments, and chemical/biological agent detection using ultraviolet fluorescence spectroscopy.
The Princeton, New Jersey Operations, led by J. F. Kline, develops diagnostic equipment and specialize in materials science, plasma physics, and electric propulsion. Projects have included development of high speed, fiber-optic pressure probes and specialized control systems, as well as research into plasma aerodynamics. Clients include the Air Force, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, the Naval Research Laboratory, and Princeton University. Projects include development of a high pressure electron beam array, a micro-machined mass spectrometer, and a microwave plasma control system for hypersonic vehicles. Collaborators include the Aerospace Corporation, Princeton University, and the Ohio State University. The facility includes 350 square feet of laboratory space with plasma diagnostics, optics, and vacuum systems.
Researchers at the Princeton Operations hold guest staff positions at Princeton University's Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. Princeton's facilities are used for various projects, and Princeton University's Photonics and Optoelectronic Materials (POEM) Micro-Fabrication Laboratories provide nanotechnology fabrication capabilities.