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Real-Time Optical MEMS-based Seismometer

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
89803
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Michigan Aerospace Corporation
1777 Highland Drive, Suite B Ann Arbor, MI 48108-2285
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Real-Time Optical MEMS-based Seismometer
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-08ER85099
Award Amount: $99,628.00
 

Abstract:

Currently, nuclear tests are monitored by the International Monitoring System (IMS), a network of automated seismic stations that record any evidence of clandestine nuclear explosions. Although geographically extensive and relatively accurate, this system occasionally fails to detect man-made seismic activity. This project will develop a low-cost miniature seismometer based on the latest developments in Optical Micro Electrical Mechanical Systems (Optical MEMS) technology. With Optical MEMS, which is based on high-Q-factor optical resonances, the detection of accelerations as small as 0.5 nano-g can be achieved with a dynamic range of 120dB. The seismometer will be rugged, capable of unattended operation, and capable of being interrogated in real time. Phase I will establish a proof-of-concept for the instrument, both analytically and experimentally, and a prototype instrument will be designed. This design will then serve as a baseline for the fabrication and demonstration of the instrument in Phase II. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: The capability to detect nano-accelerations should be attractive to many industries, including (1) the mining and oil-prospecting industries for monitoring explosions used for excavation and surveys; (2) the geologic industry for seismic monitoring; (3) the surveillance industry for the detection of entry, foot steps, and tampering; (4) the architectural industry for measuring skyscraper motion, whether caused by the wind or seismic activity; and (5) space exploration as an in-flight accelerometer.

Principal Investigator:

Dominique Fourguette
Dr.
7349758777
dfourguette@michiganaero.com

Business Contact:

Peter Tchoryk
Dr.
7349758777
ptchoryk@michiganaero.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Michigan Aerospace Corporation
1777 Highland Drive, Suite B Ann Arbor, MI 48108

EIN/Tax ID: 383323642
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No