Opto-Mechanical Modeling of Low Cost, High Precision, Micro Components for Fiber Optic Gyroscopes

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$98,043.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-06-C-0021
Agency Tracking Number:
05SB2-0021
Solicitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Topic Code:
SB052-002
Solicitation Number:
2005.2
Small Business Information
POLARIS SENSOR TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
200 Westside Square, Suite 320, Huntsville, AL, 35801
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
129074840
Principal Investigator:
Art Lompado
Sr Scientist
(256) 562-0087
art@polarissensor.com
Business Contact:
David Chenault
President
(256) 562-0087
david@polarissensor.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Polaris Sensor Technologies proposes to combine an innovative crossover-free Fiber Optic Gyroscope (FOG) sensor coil winding configuration, which is based on low cost single mode fiber and retains built-in thermal symmetry, with an opto-mechanical model of this novel device to enhance FOG capability. The cost and thermal sensitivity associated with current FOG sensor coils will be minimized through a high fidelity model which, in turn, will permit prediction and optimization of the performance of both the coil and the entire FOG sensor. The model will be based on the Mueller calculus, a well known framework capable of simulating the polarization resolved propagation of light through optical components such as those employed in a depolarized FOG. Coils with differing winding configurations will be designed, fabricated, and functionally tested. The test results will be correlated to the model predictions and both the model and the device designs will be iteratively improved. The enhancements afforded by this approach are expected to include higher FOG sensitivity at a reduced cost.

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