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Compact High-Performance Laser Gyro

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2013 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
MagiQ Technologies, Inc.
11 Ward Street Somerville, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Compact High-Performance Laser Gyro
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX13CD07P
Award Amount: $124,997.00


The rotation sensitivity of a conventional optical Inertial Navigation System (INS)depends on the area enclosed by a circular optical path. Hence, it is impossible to significantly reduce the device size without sacrificing its sensitivity. Recent work showed that certain non-linear optical effects (fast light) can be used to increase the sensitivity of a ring laser gyro of a given size by orders of magnitude. We propose a portable high-performance all-fiber laser gyroscope. The device will utilize fast light produced by the Stimulated Brillouin Scattering in single-mode fibers. Fast light enhancement will enable reduction of the device size without decreasing its performance level. The fast light enhanced gyroscope will empower a rugged, compact, low-cost high-sensitivity INS ideal for precision guiding of UAVs, and other aircrafts.

Principal Investigator:

Caleb A. Christensen
Senior Scientist

Business Contact:

Anton Zavriyev
Director, R&D
Small Business Information at Submission:

MagiQ Technologies, Inc.
11 Ward Street Somerville, MA 02143-4214

EIN/Tax ID: 134069784
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No