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Ultrasensitive and Compact Superluminal Ring Laser Accelerometer for Inertial Navigation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-11-C-7533
Agency Tracking Number: B103-011-0197
Amount: $99,991.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA10-011
Solicitation Number: 2010.3
Solicitation Year: 2010
Award Year: 2011
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2011-06-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
1645 Hicks Road, Suite R, Rolling Meadows, IL, -
DUNS: 062914119
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Shih Tseng
 Staff Engineer
 (847) 358-2592
Business Contact
 Rabia Shahriar
Title: President
Phone: (847) 358-2592
Research Institution
For many applications, there is a need for developing inertial measurement units (IMU), employing gyroscopes and accelerometers, with better accuracy and/or smaller volume and weight. Currently, in partnership with others, we at Digital Optics Technologies (DOT) have been developing a superluminal ring laser gyroscope (SRLG) that can improve the accuracy of rotation sensing by nearly five orders of magnitude. Alternatively, for a given accuracy need, the SRLG can be very small. Recently, we have identified an architecture via which the same superluminal mechanism can be exploited to produce an accelerometer with similar enhancements. Here, we use this approach to offer to develop a superluminal ring laser accelerometer (SRLA). When compared to a conventional accelerometer, the SRLA can also be nearly five orders of magnitude more accurate, with a sensitivity of 10 pico-g/Hz^(1/2), while occupying a very small volume. The focus of Phase I would be to demonstrate the technical feasibility of the SRLA. Miniaturization and radiation hardening would be addressed in Phase II. The work proposed here is a collaboration between DOT, Aegis, and Vescent. Dr. Selim Shahriar, inventor of the SRLG and SRLA, is the founder of and chief scientific adviser at DOT. He will coordinate the overall effort.

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