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The Ohio State ElectroScience Laboratory is a major center-of-excellence and one of the largest radio frequency and optics research laboratories in the world. Since 1942, ESL has consistently maintained a national and international preeminence in electromagnetics, influencing radio research like no other institution in the world.

Research Areas

While centering on all aspects of wireless communications and sensing, the ElectroScience Laboratory has become a cross-disciplinary center integrating research in electrical engineering, materials science, mechanical engineering, and bioengineering. The goals of ESL are to continue its influence in cutting-edge discoveries; maintain its excellent experimental and computational laboratories in its areas of strength; and pursue multidisciplinary research. Visit the research areas listed in the left column to learn more. 


ESL maintains world-class experimental facilities. In addition to the indoor anechoic chamber, a radio frequency measurement facility, ESL offers a complete range of electromagnetic test facilities.


ESL provides government and industry sponsors an environment for both fundamental and engineering system research to solve today's most demanding challenges. All major U.S. Department of Defense agencies (including NSF, AFOSR, ONR, ARO, ARL, and DARPA) and more than 50 companies maintain active projects at ESL, including Northrop Grumman, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Rockwell Collins, Raytheon, BAE Systems, Harris Corp, Intel, Goodrich, Agilent and Wistron.