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Mega-G-Force Diamond Accelerometer with Integrated Nano Waveguide

Award Information

Department of Defense
Air Force
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF 09-103
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Mound Laser & Photonics Center, Inc.
2941 College Dr. Kettering, OH -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Mega-G-Force Diamond Accelerometer with Integrated Nano Waveguide
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8651-10-M-0239
Award Amount: $99,978.00


We propose an innovative solution to the problem of developing an extreme-g, integrated accelerometer for microscale ordnance fuzing. The proposed solution exploits an integrated optical sensing technique and an all-diamond microfabricated structure to overcome the key technical barriers that have hampered previous technologies. The end result will be a robust, micro-scale sensor, capable of surviving high shock environments, while maintaining sufficient dynamic range to measure flight dynamics of munitions. The Phase I effort will design, model, analyze, fabricate and test a Mega-g diamond accelerometer that can measure flight dynamics across a wide dynamic range while having the ability to survive munitions launches and penetration of multiple reinforced barriers. The main body of the sensor will be fabricated by laser micromachining techniques out of single crystal diamond. The technical risk of this project is lowered by leveraging a separately funded proof-of-concept demonstration performed at Eglin Air Force Base in August 2009. In this demonstration, some of the key technical steps to the technology have already been shown feasible. BENEFIT: The technology will benefit the Air Force by pushing the state of the art in fuze technology by operating in the Mega-g range while increasing the dynamic range. These two benefits will directly enable improved guidance and navigation towards the ability to deliver precision effects. Furthermore the technology addresses key technical issues on the roadmap towards fuze-on-a-chip technology for use on micro-air vehicles.

Principal Investigator:

Carl Druffner
Research Specialist

Business Contact:

Larry R. Dosser
Small Business Information at Submission:

Mound Laser & Photonics Center, Inc.
P.O. Box 223 Miamisburg, OH 45343

EIN/Tax ID: 030409881
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No