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Gould Receives Navy Award

Photonics Spectra
Apr 2011
Gould Fiber Optics of Millersville, Md., received a multimillion dollar Life of Type Buy contract from the US Navy to supply several thousand premium-grade polarization-maintaining fiber splitters through March 2012. The company was selected to support the modernization and life extension of the US Navy’s Trident Missile Guidance System. It has worked with Cambridge, Mass.-based Draper Laboratory, the prime contractor for the modernization of the system, as well as its inertial sensor subcontractor, Honeywell, to develop high-performance optical fiber splitters for fiber optic gyroscopes. Gould manufactures passive fiber optic, planar components and integrated modules for the military, aerospace, sensors and telecommunications industries.



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polarization
With respect to light radiation, the restriction of the vibrations of the magnetic or electric field vector to a single plane. In a beam of electromagnetic radiation, the polarization direction is the direction of the electric field vector (with no distinction between positive and negative as the field oscillates back and forth). The polarization vector is always in the plane at right angles to the beam direction. Near some given stationary point in space the polarization direction in the beam...
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