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Development and performance of an angular vibration sensor with 1-1000 Hz bandwidth and nanoradian level noise
Author(s): Darren R. Laughlin; Dennis Smith
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Paper Abstract

Applied Technology Associates' ARS-12 series sensor is the most sensitive inertial angular vibration sensor currently available. The sensing mechanism is based on magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) principles. This sensor series has a nominal bandwidth from 1 - 1000 Hz and a noise-equivalent angle of less than 50 nanoradians from 2 - 1000 Hz. The ARS- 12 can measure inertial angular motions of less than 10 nanoradians at discrete frequencies. Their solid-state design makes these sensors small and extremely rugged. In addition, the ARS-12 is essentially impervious to linear acceleration and angular cross-axis sensitivity is limited to incorrect physical alignment. The ARS-12 has recently undergone several design changes in order to perform in the space environment and improve performance. The most recent sensor package, the AADS-002, contains three orthogonal ARS- 12 sensors that produce a signal voltage proportional to displacement directly instead of the inherent velocity domain. The AADS-002 design, testing, and performance will be reviewed in this paper.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 January 2002
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4489, Free-Space Laser Communication and Laser Imaging, (22 January 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.453231
Show Author Affiliations
Darren R. Laughlin, Applied Technology Associates, Inc. (United States)
Dennis Smith, Applied Technology Associates, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4489:
Free-Space Laser Communication and Laser Imaging
David G. Voelz; Jennifer C. Ricklin, Editor(s)

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