A Compact, Precision Atomic Spin Gyroscope for Inertial Navigation

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$749,865.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA9453-10-C-0058
Award Id:
93152
Agency Tracking Number:
F083-219-1099
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF083-219
Solicitation Number:
2008.3
Small Business Information
59 Snowden Lane, Princeton, NJ, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
794039441
Principal Investigator:
Thomas Kornack
Chief Scientist
(609) 356-5135
kornack@twinleaf.com
Business Contact:
Elizabeth Foley
President
(609) 356-5136
foley@twinleaf.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
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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