Ultra-miniature Inertial Measurement Sensor

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-13-C-7514
Agency Tracking Number: B123-034-0043
Amount: $99,931.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA12-034
Solicitation Number: 2012.3
Small Business Information
Physical Optics Corporation
Photonic Systems Division, 1845 W. 205th Street, Torrance, CA, -
DUNS: 153865951
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Shelly Mechery
 Research Scientist
 (310) 320-3088
 psproposals@poc.com
Business Contact
 Gordon Drew
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (310) 320-3088
Email: gedrew@poc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
To address the Missile Defense Agency"s need to accurately measure inertial movement in a stressing flight environment, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Miniature Inertial Measurement Sensor (MIMS). This proposed sensor is based on a solid-state accelerometer design with a semiconductor laser diode self-mixing interferometric technique and a microsphere gyroscope based on whispering gallery modes. Self-mixing interferometers and high-Q microresonators with whispering gallery modes are among POC"s mature technologies. We plan to combine these technologies to develop a less expensive and ultraminiature inertial measurement unit suitable for the flight environment. The innovative sensor design will enable fabrication of ultraminiature sensors capable of accurately measuring inertial movement. In Phase I, POC will test the feasibility of the proposed sensor system and carry out an experimental demonstration of sensor operation. In Phase II, POC plans to fabricate the full sensor system and proof of concept testing at government facilities.

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