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Daphne Kapolka, LCDR, USN (ret)
Senior Lecturer of Physics
Academic Associate for Undersea Warfare
Ph.D. Applied Physics, Naval Postgraduate School, 1997

Dr. Kapolka joined the NPS faculty in 2000.  Prior to joining NPS, Prof. Kapolka served as an Assistant Program Manager for Fixed Surveillance Systems at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego. Her research interests include acoustic and non-acoustic sensors for underwater threat detection and underwater communication devices.

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Daphne Kapolka
Senior Lecturer
Mail Code: PH/Kd
Department of Physics
Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Monterey, CA 93943
Phone: 831-656-1825
Email: dkapolka (at)
PhD - Naval Postgraduate School, 1997
MS - Naval Postgraduate School, 1992
MA - University of Chicago, 1976


  • 2008 – present Chair, Engineering Acoustics Academic Committee
  • 2005 – present Program Manager, ASW Certificate
  • 2004 – present Academic Associate, Undersea Warfare
  • 2004-2006 Academic Associate for Combat Systems Science and Technology
  • 2000-2003 Program Officer, Combat Systems Science and Technology


  • 1997 - 2000 - Assistant Program Manager for Fixed Surveillance Systems, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command
  • 1992 - 1994 - Antisubmarine Warfare Officer, USS DONALD B. BEARY (FFT 1085)
  • 1983 - 1986 - Chemistry and Physics Instructor, Naval Academy Preparatory School


  • Basic physics courses
  • Underwater acoustics
  • Non-acoustic ASW


  • Acoustic and non-acoustic sensors for underwater threat detection and underwater communication devices.


  • 2010, GSEAS Merit Award for Service
  • 1992, Naval Undersea Warfare Center Award for Excellence in Underwater Systems Technology


  • Member of the Acoustical Society of America
  • Member of The American Association of Institute of Physics

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS: (View an extended list)

  • “Experimental and Theoretical Performance of a Hybrid Vector Sensor/Microphone Acoustic Array,” Proceedings of the 10th European Conference on Underwater Acoustics, Istanbul, Turkey, 5-9 July, 2010.
  • “Equivalence of the waveguide invariant and two path ray theory methods for range prediction based on Lloyd's mirror patterns,” Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics, vol. 4 (2008), 155th Meeting Acoustical Society of America, Paris, France, 29 June – 4 July, 2008.
  • Cooperative Radar Network: Concept Exploration for Defending the Sea Base, NPS Technical Report, NPS-PH-03-001PR, September 2003.
  • Remote Identification of Explosives (RIDEX): Mission Need and Concept Exploration, NPS Technical Report, NPS-PH-01-003PR, August 2001.
  • The Use of Non-Parametric Transfer Function Estimates to Predict Submarine Hull Vibrations from Noise Source Measurements, NPS Technical Report, NPS-PH-98-003, June 1998.


  • Keywords: acoustics, sonar systems, and ASW



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