Accelerometer for Space Applications Based on Light-Pulse Atom Interferometry

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$699,728.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNX13CG02C
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
115522
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
S1.10
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
CA, Sunnyvale, CA, 94085-2909
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
162344035
Principal Investigator:
Adam Black
Principal Investigator
(408) 735-9500
ablack@aosense.com
Business Contact:
Brenton Young
President
(408) 735-9500
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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