Compact High-Performance Laser Gyro

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX13CD07P
Agency Tracking Number: 124680
Amount: $124,997.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solitcitation Year: 2012
Solitcitation Topic Code: S3.05
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
MagiQ Technologies, Inc.
MA, Somerville, MA, 02143-4214
Duns: 021366690
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Caleb Christensen
 Senior Scientist
 (617) 661-8300
Business Contact
 Anton Zavriyev
Title: Director, R&D
Phone: (617) 661-8300
Research Institution
The rotation sensitivity of a conventional optical Inertial Navigation System (INS)depends on the area enclosed by a circular optical path. Hence, it is impossible to significantly reduce the device size without sacrificing its sensitivity. Recent work showed that certain non-linear optical effects (fast light) can be used to increase the sensitivity of a ring laser gyro of a given size by orders of magnitude. We propose a portable high-performance all-fiber laser gyroscope. The device will utilize fast light produced by the Stimulated Brillouin Scattering in single-mode fibers. Fast light enhancement will enable reduction of the device size without decreasing its performance level. The fast light enhanced gyroscope will empower a rugged, compact, low-cost high-sensitivity INS ideal for precision guiding of UAVs, and other aircrafts.

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