Johns Hopkins APL Develops Aircraft Measurement Algorithm for IARPA

F35Scientists at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory have developed a quantum algorithm intended to identify measurements such as a radar cross section on aircraft.

The research was been funded through an Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity program for exploring computational resources for quantum computers, APL said Aug. 14.

APL scientists aim to further development of technology for airplanes intended to be stealth, the laboratory said.

During an experiment, researchers used the linear system algorithm to encode the problem of computing radar cross sections and to detail the amount of power from an object illuminated by a radar beam.

Scattered energy determines a radar’s ability to locate the target and efforts are underway to lower radar cross sections of planes, missiles, tanks and ships, according to APL.

Scientists also used a quantum computer to estimate such measurements and model complex objects for the study.

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