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Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$49,855.00
Award Year:
1985
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
2512
Agency Tracking Number:
2512
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
420 Frontage Road, 6300 La Calma Drive, West Haven, CT, 06516
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
DR. MOKHTAR S. MAKLAD
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
(203) 934-7961
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
OPTICAL FIBER SENSORS HAVE BEEN USED FOR A VARIETY OF SENSING APPLICATIONS SUCH AS DISPLACEMENT, TEMPERATURE, AND PRESSURE. THEY HAVE SEVERAL DISTINCT ADVANTAGES SUCH AS SMALL SIZE, HIGH ACCURACY, AND FREEDOM FROM RADIO FREQUENCY AND ELECTROMAGNETIC INTERFACES AS WELL AS INHERENT SAFETY. AN APPLICATION THAT IS QUITE IMPORTANT IS THE REMOTE SENSING OF MAGNETIC FIELDS OR CURRENT FOR INDUSTRIAL AND MILITARY USES. PARTICULARLY, IN HARSH ENVIRONMENTS SUCH AS PLASMA FUSION, FIBER-OPTIC CURRENT SENSING WOULD REPRESENT A SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT OVER EXISTING MEASUREMENTS APPROACHES. THE PROGRAM WILL USE A DEVELOPMENTAL APPROACH TO ACHIEVE A MAGNETIC FIELD SENSING OPTICAL FIBER. BY DOPING THE FIBER WITH SPECIAL CHEMICALS, IT WILL EXHIBIT THE FARADAY EFFECT IN THE PRESENCE OF A FIELD. THE SENSITIVITY OF THE FIBER IS PROPORTIONAL TO THE VERDET CONSTANT, WHICH INCREASES WITH INCREASING DOPANT LEVEL. FOR THIS PROGRAM, THE DOPANT IS TERBIUM OXIDE. THE PROGRAM IS TO DEVELOP A HIGH VERDET CONSTANT FIBER WITH LOW OPTICAL LOSS AND GOOD MECHANICAL PROPERTIES.

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