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Precision Navigation Grade Fiber-Optic Gyroscope (FOG)

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
82176
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F071-216-3361
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Waddan Systems
8801 ENCINO AVE SHERWOOD FOREST, CA 91325-3228
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Precision Navigation Grade Fiber-Optic Gyroscope (FOG)
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8650-07-M-1142
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

Development of a Precision Fiber Optic Gyro (PFOG) is proposed. The precision in the proposed PFOG is obtained by basic design and physical construction. It is a closed loop gyro where instead of measuring the Sagnac phase shift, we drive it zero continuously, thus, this driving effort becomes the measure of the angular rate. It is made up of fiber spool and a single chip hybrid. This eliminates many interfaces, and puts all the key components together, thus, reducing the errors introduced thermal gradients across the gyro. It also makes the gyro easy to assemble (only two guided splicing) and rugged in construction. The single chip hybrid consists of a LiNbO3 and silicon substrate bonded together via a strain relieved interface. Optical paths and components are micro machined in substrates using surface diffusion and bulk micromachining. Detailed design, analysis of a potential PFOG including some hardware experiments will be performed in Phase I to demonstrate the feasibility of the gyro. The device has many defense and commercial applications. It can be used in the emerging munitions systems to sense the high rates and to improve their guidance and control.

Principal Investigator:

Mahendra Singh
Chief Engineer
6612574172
mahendra@waddansystems.com

Business Contact:

Mahendra Singh
President
6612574172
mahendra@waddansystems.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

WADDAN SYSTEMS
8801 Encino Ave Northridge, CA 91325

EIN/Tax ID: 954281725
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No