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A Compact, Precision Atomic Spin Gyroscope for Inertial Navigation

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
93152
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F083-219-1099
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF083-219
Solicitation Number:
2008.3
Small Business Information
Twinleaf
848 Alexander Road Princeton, NJ 08540-
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: A Compact, Precision Atomic Spin Gyroscope for Inertial Navigation
Agency: DOD
Contract: FA9453-10-C-0058
Award Amount: $749,865.00
 

Abstract:

The atomic co-magnetometer gyroscope uses polarized nuclear spin to provide the highest demonstrated rotation sensitivity in a package significantly smaller than the best commercial fiber optic gyroscopes. The Twinleaf gyroscope moves beyond existing designs by using of neon-21 in place of helium-3, enabling both higher sensitivity and commercial viability. In a Phase II development effort, Twinleaf proposes to build, test and deliver a two-axis prototype atomic spin gyroscope, ready for testing on moving platforms. BENEFIT: Both airborne and underwater platforms, especially smaller unmanned platforms, stand to significantly benefit from a higher performance and smaller gyroscope. The dual axis sensor is ideal for all manner of pointing, especially satellite pointing. For oil and gas exploration, the proposed sensor can measure the wander of borehole drilling, and is the only high performance system that can be engineered to tolerate high borehole temperatures.

Principal Investigator:

Thomas W. Kornack
Chief Scientist
(609) 356-5135
kornack@twinleaf.com

Business Contact:

Elizabeth L. Foley
President
(609) 356-5136
foley@twinleaf.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Twinleaf
59 Snowden Lane Princeton, NJ -

EIN/Tax ID: 208594650
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No