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Modeling of pulse propagation in a four level atomic medium for gyroscopic measurements

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-11-C-0428
Agency Tracking Number: N11A-005-0308
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N11A-T005
Solicitation Number: 2011.A
Solicitation Year: 2011
Award Year: 2011
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2011-08-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
2041 Tapscott Avenue
El Cerrito, CA 94530-1757
United States
DUNS: 967821724
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Simon Rochester
 (510) 206-6586
Business Contact
 Dmitry Budker
Title: Member
Phone: (510) 541-5500
Research Institution
 College of William and Mary
 Laura Gethers
College of William and Mary P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795
United States

 (757) 221-3969
 Nonprofit College or University

Precise rotation sensors are critical components for stabilization, navigation, and targeting applications. The most sensitive commercial devices are fiber optic gyroscopes based on the Sagnac effect. There is the potential to enhance the performance of these gyroscopes using media with large positive (''slow light') or negative (''fast light') dispersion. In order to facilitate the creation and optimization of next-generation gyroscope designs, comprehensive, flexible, and efficient modeling software is needed. We propose to model the propagation of light pulses through a atomic medium in a cavity using the Maxwell-Bloch density-matrix formalism. Using algorithms tuned for a particular system and operating regime will allow efficient computation of the response.

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