A Compact, Precision Atomic Spin Gyroscope for Inertial Navigation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: N/A
Contract: FA9453-10-C-0058
Agency Tracking Number: F083-219-1099
Amount: $749,865.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: AF083-219
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Small Business Information
59 Snowden Lane, Princeton, NJ, -
DUNS: 794039441
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Thomas Kornack
 Chief Scientist
 (609) 356-5135
Business Contact
 Elizabeth Foley
Title: President
Phone: (609) 356-5136
Email: foley@twinleaf.com
Research Institution
The atomic co-magnetometer gyroscope uses polarized nuclear spin to provide the highest demonstrated rotation sensitivity in a package significantly smaller than the best commercial fiber optic gyroscopes. The Twinleaf gyroscope moves beyond existing designs by using of neon-21 in place of helium-3, enabling both higher sensitivity and commercial viability. In a Phase II development effort, Twinleaf proposes to build, test and deliver a two-axis prototype atomic spin gyroscope, ready for testing on moving platforms. BENEFIT: Both airborne and underwater platforms, especially smaller unmanned platforms, stand to significantly benefit from a higher performance and smaller gyroscope. The dual axis sensor is ideal for all manner of pointing, especially satellite pointing. For oil and gas exploration, the proposed sensor can measure the wander of borehole drilling, and is the only high performance system that can be engineered to tolerate high borehole temperatures.

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