Accelerometer for Space Applications Based on Light-Pulse Atom Interferometry

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX13CG02C
Agency Tracking Number: 115522
Amount: $699,728.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: S1.10
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
CA, Sunnyvale, CA, 94085-2909
DUNS: 162344035
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Adam Black
 Principal Investigator
 (408) 735-9500
 ablack@aosense.com
Business Contact
 Brenton Young
Title: President
Phone: (408) 735-9500
Email: byoung@aosense.com
Research Institution
 Stub
Abstract
We propose to build a compact, high-precision single-axis accelerometer based on atom interferometry that is applicable to operation in space environments. Based on our successful Phase I design, the proposed accelerometer emphasizes reliable operation and exceptional acceleration sensitivity. It incorporates several innovative features that make it appropriate for a variety of space-based and terrestrial applications.Phase II will result in a completed sensor build, including a sensor head, laser system and electronic control system.Space-based inertial sensors based on atom interferometry are a compelling technology for both technological and scientific applications because of the exceptionally high performance that can be enabled by long interrogation times with cold atoms in a microgravity environment.

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