Compact Accelerometer for Inertial Navigation, Gravimetry and Gradiometry Based on Light Pulse Atom Interferometry

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00178-11-C-1017
Agency Tracking Number: N102-192-1249
Amount: $69,710.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: N102-192
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Small Business Information
767 N Mary Ave, Sunnyvale, CA, -
DUNS: 162344035
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Adam Black
 Senior Physicist
 (408) 735-9500
 ablack@aosense.com
Business Contact
 Brenton Young
Title: President
Phone: (408) 735-9500
Email: byoung@aosense.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
AOSense, Inc. proposes to design a compact proof-of-concept accelerometer based on light-pulse atom interferometry for use in inertial navigation, gravimetry and gravity gradiometry. Inertial sensing by atom interferometry promises exceptional sensitivity, stability and absolute calibration. We will conduct trade studies of sensor performance versus sensor size, complexity and power, and evaluate the design via error modeling and simulations of sensor performance. Simulations will include intrinsic sensor errors and sensitivity to environmental variations. Anticipated acceleration sensitivity is<1 ng/sqrt(Hz), bias instability<10 ng, and scale factor instability<0.001 ppm.

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