Accelerometers, which are required for vibration cancellation, that can operate in extreme conditions, especially in the high radiation environments around Jupiter's moons are currently not available.
The innovative claims for the proposed effort are as follows:
The team will determine the viability of the opto-electro-mechanical technology and its applicability to acceleration sensing at low temperatures. The underpinning of Phase I of this effort is the development of a high-Q optically driven MEMS resonator as well as auxiliary optics and electronics allowing compact packaging of the device. An early demonstration of this capability will be made and a clear improvement path will be developed to further improve the performance.
The proposal is related to section "S1.09 Cryogenic Systems for Sensors and Detectors" of the call and is significant for solving the challenge of creation of a cryogenic accelerometer that can operate at 150 K, withstand a 0.01 Tesla magnetic field and are radiation hard to 2-5 megarads.
OEwaves’ commercialization strategy for the highest accuracy and smallest CMOS-compatible optomechanical accelerometer proposed includes sales to DoD as well as commercial inertial navigation system (INS) applications suitable for land, airborne (particularly UAVs), and naval platforms.