Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) has been awarded a research program from the Naval Air Warfare Center to develop integrated photonic devices for quantum measurement applications. The technology developed within this program will dramatically reduce the size, weight, and power (SWaP) of the optical system required for atom-based sensor applications by several order of magnitude.
Quantum inertial measurements of accelerations and rotations can provide the sensitivity and accuracy required for even the highest performance inertial navigation applications, however, the complexity and SWaP requirements of the associated optical bench exceed practical limits for portable inertial navigation systems (INS).
To overcome this challenge, PSI will develop the Photonic Integrated Circuits for Compact Atomic-Raman Devices (PICCARD) platform. This platform will leverage advanced photonic-integrated circuits to provide direct control of light on-chip at the native visible and near infrared wavelengths of atomic transitions.
The devices produced within this program will enable chip-scale atom-based inertial sensors. These sensors can enable widely-deployable navigation systems with long-term stability in GPS-denied environments. As the key component of inertial navigation systems, these chips will enable a mass-producible solution to a host of DoD core missions, from aircraft navigation to autonomous vehicles. This technology will also be adaptable to quantum optics, metrology, bio-sensing, and bio-medicine.
For more information, contact:
Dr. Joel Hensley
Vice President, Photonics Enterprise
Physical Sciences Inc.
Telephone: (978) 689-0003