Precision Optical Current Sensor

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Commerce
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$75,000.00
Award Year:
2001
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
50-DKNB-1-SBO66
Award Id:
52086
Agency Tracking Number:
7.09.07
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
9232 N. Invergordon Road, Paradise Valley, AZ, 85253
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
JamesBlake
President
(602) 538-7442
Business Contact:
JamesBlake
Principal Investigator
(602) 538-7442
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Optical current sensing has been in development for over a decade, and is beginning to grow in commercial popularity. Fiber optic current sensors developed at Honeywell, based on the Sagnac interferometer have demonstrated accuracy of better than 300 ppm over the temperature range -40 to +60 deg. C. This Technology has been made available to Precision Lightwave Instruments. In this program, we will build on this technology base, using the sensor architecture to realize a device that senses both rotation in inertial space and electrical currents flowing through a fiber optic sensing coil. By having a device that responds to both stimuli, we can tie the measurement of electrical current to the measurement of rotation. The final goal of this program is to construct a new optical current check standard for currents in the range 1 A to 10kA with uncertainties less than 10 ppm. The goals of phase 1 are to build, test, and deliver a prototype capable of achieving 100 ppm stability,and to complete error analysis and design modifications for a phase 2 build of a 10 ppm sensor.

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