Optical Microsystem Sensors for Vehicle Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: DAAE07-03-C-L04
Agency Tracking Number: A022-1077
Amount: $119,694.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solitcitation Year: N/A
Solitcitation Topic Code: N/A
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
755 Phoenix Drive, 38-3586672, Ann Arbor, MI, 48108
Duns: N/A
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Philippe Bado
 (734) 528-6330
Business Contact
 Vinay Gupta
Title: Chief Operating Officer
Phone: (734) 528-6114
Email: vinaygupta@ardesta.com
Research Institution
Leading edge technology in integrated optics, related to MEMS (microelectromechanical systems), are a new frontier in highly sensitive measurement systems with substantial and extremely broad application potential in FCS and other programs. Using ournovel femtosecond-laser femtoWriteT process, Translume will manufacture micro-interferometer sensors that are self-encapsulated inside a solid piece of glass. We will show that these extremely sensitive microsensors meet the reliability, survivability,performance, and cost demands of present and future military monitoring systems, with strong potential in commercial applications as well. This program will provide the Army and its suppliers with a powerful new platform to manufacture battle hardenedMach-Zehnder Interferometer (MZI) microsensors. MZI microsensors will perform vehicle diagnostics and prognostics such as monitoring pressure, temperature, vibration, hydraulic fluid contamination, and oil degradation for vehicle propulsion systems;systems health in some weapons systems; and chemical and biological gas and liquid toxins for human environment control systems. The femtoWriteT platform will create these sensors for high performance and highly specialized military systems first, andthen apply the technology for more general applications in civilian commercial applications.

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