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Low-Cost Compact Magnetometers for Air and In-Water Anti Submarine Warfare (ASW)

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
98641
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N102-134-1248
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
NAVY 10-134
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Southwest Sciences, Inc.
1570 Pacheco St. Suite E-11 Santa Fe, NM 87505-3993
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: Yes
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Low-Cost Compact Magnetometers for Air and In-Water Anti Submarine Warfare (ASW)
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N68335-10-C-0576
Award Amount: $80,000.00
 

Abstract:

Magnetic anomaly detection (MAD) is an important component of anti-submarine warfare. This Phase I SBIR project will investigate a low-cost, high sensitivity sensor for both sea and airborne antisubmarine warfare. We recently demonstrated high sensitivity using magnetometers based on nonlinear magneto-optical rotation of the polarization of a laser as it propagates through an atomic vapor. By adopting less-expensive components it is possible to substantially reduce the cost of the sensor, but this requires changing the operating principles. The performance of critical sub-assemblies will be tested to determine if the magnetic sensitivity is maintained. An estimate of the size, weight, power, performance and cost of a fully engineered device will be made based on the results of the Phase I investigation. In the Phase I Option, a method will be devised and tested for constructing the magnetometer to avoid any dead zone.

Principal Investigator:

David Hovde
Principal Research Scient
5132721323
dchovde@swsciences.com

Business Contact:

Alan Stanton
President
5059841322
astanton@swsciences.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Southwest Sciences, Inc.
1570 Pacheco Street, Suite E-11 Santa Fe, NM 87505

EIN/Tax ID: 850340320
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No