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Compact fiber optic gyroscopes for platform stabilization
Author(s): William C. Dickson; Ting K. Yee; James F. Coward; Andrew McClaren; David A. Pechner
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Paper Abstract

SA Photonics has developed a family of compact Fiber Optic Gyroscopes (FOGs) for platform stabilization applications. The use of short fiber coils enables the high update rates required for stabilization applications but presents challenges to maintain high performance. We are able to match the performance of much larger FOGs by utilizing several innovative technologies. These technologies include source noise reduction to minimize Angular Random Walk (ARW), advanced digital signal processing that minimizes bias drift at high update rates, and advanced passive thermal packaging that minimizes temperature induced bias drift while not significantly affecting size, weight, or power. In addition, SA Photonics has developed unique distributed FOG packaging technologies allowing the FOG electronics and photonics to be packaged remotely from the sensor head or independent axis heads to minimize size, weight, and power at the sensing location(s). The use of these technologies has resulted in high performance, including ARW less than 0.001 deg/rt-hr and bias drift less than 0.004 deg/hr at an update rate of 10 kHz, and total packaged volume less than 30 cu. in. for a 6 degree of freedom FOG-based IMU. Specific applications include optical beam stabilization for LIDAR and LADAR, beam stabilization for long-range free-space optical communication, Optical Inertial Reference Units for HEL stabilization, and Ka band antenna pedestal pointing and stabilization. The high performance of our FOGs also enables their use in traditional navigation and positioning applications. This paper will review the technologies enabling our high-performance compact FOGs, and will provide performance test results.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 September 2013
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8876, Nanophotonics and Macrophotonics for Space Environments VII, 88760L (24 September 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2026852
Show Author Affiliations
William C. Dickson, SA Photonics (United States)
Ting K. Yee, SA Photonics (United States)
James F. Coward, SA Photonics (United States)
Andrew McClaren, SA Photonics (United States)
David A. Pechner, SA Photonics (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8876:
Nanophotonics and Macrophotonics for Space Environments VII
Edward W. Taylor; David A. Cardimona, Editor(s)

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