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Ultra-miniature Inertial Measurement Sensor

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Department of Defense
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2013 / SBIR
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Physical Optics Corporation
Electro-Optics Systems Division 1845 West 205th Street Torrance, CA 90501-1510
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Ultra-miniature Inertial Measurement Sensor
Agency: DOD
Contract: HQ0147-13-C-7514
Award Amount: $99,931.00


To address the Missile Defense Agency"s need to accurately measure inertial movement in a stressing flight environment, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Miniature Inertial Measurement Sensor (MIMS). This proposed sensor is based on a solid-state accelerometer design with a semiconductor laser diode self-mixing interferometric technique and a microsphere gyroscope based on whispering gallery modes. Self-mixing interferometers and high-Q microresonators with whispering gallery modes are among POC"s mature technologies. We plan to combine these technologies to develop a less expensive and ultraminiature inertial measurement unit suitable for the flight environment. The innovative sensor design will enable fabrication of ultraminiature sensors capable of accurately measuring inertial movement. In Phase I, POC will test the feasibility of the proposed sensor system and carry out an experimental demonstration of sensor operation. In Phase II, POC plans to fabricate the full sensor system and proof of concept testing at government facilities.

Principal Investigator:

Shelly Mechery
Research Scientist
(310) 320-3088

Business Contact:

Gordon Drew
Chief Financial Officer
(310) 320-3088
Small Business Information at Submission:

Physical Optics Corporation
Photonic Systems Division 1845 W. 205th Street Torrance, CA -

EIN/Tax ID: 330118051
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No