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Modeling of pulse propagation in a four level atomic medium for gyroscopic measurements

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-13-C-0227
Agency Tracking Number: N11A-005-0308
Amount: $499,821.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N11A-T005
Solicitation Number: 2011.A
Solicitation Year: 2011
Award Year: 2013
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2013-08-27
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2015-02-28
Small Business Information
2041 Tapscott Avenue
El Cerrito, CA -
United States
DUNS: 967821724
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Simon Rochester
 (510) 206-6586
Business Contact
 Dmitry Budker
Title: Member
Phone: (510) 541-5500
Research Institution
 College of William and Mary
 Laura Gethers
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-
United States

 (757) 221-3969
 Nonprofit College or University

We propose to continue the development of software designed to model the propagation of light pulses through atomic media by including the capability to model propagation in optical cavities with active laser media, among other improvements. The software will be used to design and analyze a gyroscope based on the Sagnac effect that achieves enhanced sensitivity by employing a highly dispersive atomic medium. This enhancement is theoretically predicted to occur under certain conditions corresponding to"fast light"propagation with low absorption. The design effort will occur in conjunction with preliminary experimental demonstration of the physical principles upon which the enhanced gyroscope is based, which will also validate the theoretical approach. The theoretical and experimental effort will lead to the design, construction, and demonstration of a laboratory prototype of the enhanced-sensitivity gyroscope, followed by analysis and optimization of its performance.

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