Measuring Small Phase Perturbations

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$69,356.00
Award Year:
2001
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
51782
Agency Tracking Number:
NASA961
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
10 Corporate Place, South Bedford St., Burlington, MA, 01803
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Geert Wyntjes
Senior Scientist
(781) 273-2820
wyntjes@visidyne.com
Business Contact:
John Bates
Treasurer
(781) 273-2820
jwc@visidyne.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Visidyne proposes to critically assess the requirements for a phase processor to detect miniscule phase bumps hidden in the beat frequency signal from a pair of interfering optical beams, e.g., used to link proof masses on free flying satellites. These phase bumps, the result of a cosmological event producing gravity waves affecting the local space time frame thereby causing small length changes or strains. These length changes maybe at the level of a few picometers or strains for a gage length of 5 x 10 E6 km of 4 x 10 E-22. The proposed effort would assess these requirements in light of the errors; random and systematic associated with doing ultra high resolution optical interferometry.

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