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UNIVERSAL HELIUM MAGNETOMETER FOR SPACE

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
17022
Program Year/Program:
1992 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
17022
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Polatomic, Inc.
1810 N. Glenville Dr. Suite 116 Richardson, TX -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1992
Title: UNIVERSAL HELIUM MAGNETOMETER FOR SPACE
Agency: NASA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $496,268.00
 

Abstract:

A NOVEL HELIUM MAGNETOMETER WILL BE EXAMINED FOR OBSERVATIONOF MAGNETIC FIELDS OF PLANETS AND INTERPLANETARY SPACE. THE MAGNETOMETER EMPLOYS A DUAL MODE OF OPERATION, WITH A SINGLE, OPTICALLY PUMPED HELIUM SENSOR TO OBSERVE THE MAGNITUDE AND DIRECTION OF MAGNETIC FIELDS AS GREAT AS 10(5)NT. THE INSTRUMENT, CALLED A THE UNIVERSAL HELIUM MAGNETOMETER (UHM), USES A VECTOR HELIUM MAGNETOMETER (VHM) MODE TO OBSERVE FIELDS BELOW 500NT. FOR FIELDS GREATER THAN500NT, A SCALAR HELIUM MAGNETOMETER (SHM) MODE OF OPERATION WILL BE USED. A NOVEL OPTICAL TECHNIQUE INCORPORATING A MINIATURIZED TUNABLE LASER WILL BE USED TO LOCATE THE POSITION OF THE MAGNETIC-FIELD VECTOR. THE TUNABLE LASER PERMITS SINGLE-LINE PUMPING THAT SHOULD ACHIEVE AN ACCURACY OF 1 PART IN 10(5) OF THE FIELD MAGNITUDE. THE UHM SENSOR WILL BE SIMILAR TO THE CURRENT JPL VHM SENSOR IN MASS AND SIZE. PHASE I WILL DEFINE THE CONCEPT FOR THE UHM INSTRUMENT, THE SENSOR CONFIGURATION, AND THE ELECTRONIC-MODULE CONCEPTS FOR THE LOW-FIELD VECTOR MODE, HIGH-FIELD SCALAR MODE, AND MAGNETIC VECTOR POSITIONING MODE. THIS WILL ESTABLISH THE FEASIBILITY OF THE UHM APPROACH AND LEAD TO DESIGN AND FABRICATION OF A BREADBOARD UHM INSTRUMENT IN PHASE II. A NOVEL HELIUM MAGNETOMETER WILL BE EXAMINED FOR OBSERVATIONOF MAGNETIC FIELDS OF PLANETS AND INTERPLANETARY SPACE. THE MAGNETOMETER EMPLOYS A DUAL MODE OF OPERATION, WITH A SINGLE, OPTICALLY PUMPED HELIUM SENSOR TO OBSERVE THE MAGNITUDE AND DIRECTION OF MAGNETIC FIELDS AS GREAT AS 10(5)NT. THE INSTRUMENT, CALLED A THE UNIVERSAL HELIUM MAGNETOMETER (UHM), USES A VECTOR HELIUM MAGNETOMETER (VHM) MODE TO OBSERVE FIELDS BELOW 500NT. FOR FIELDS GREATER THAN500NT, A SCALAR HELIUM MAGNETOMETER (SHM) MODE OF OPERATION WILL BE USED. A NOVEL OPTICAL TECHNIQUE INCORPORATING A MINIATURIZED TUNABLE LASER WILL BE USED TO LOCATE THE POSITION OF THE MAGNETIC-FIELD VECTOR. THE TUNABLE LASER PERMITS SINGLE-LINE PUMPING THAT SHOULD ACHIEVE AN ACCURACY OF 1 PART IN 10(5) OF THE FIELD MAGNITUDE. THE UHM SENSOR WILL BE SIMILAR TO THE CURRENT JPL VHM SENSOR IN MASS AND SIZE. PHASE I WILL DEFINE THE CONCEPT FOR THE UHM INSTRUMENT, THE SENSOR CONFIGURATION, AND THE ELECTRONIC-MODULE CONCEPTS FOR THE LOW-FIELD VECTOR MODE, HIGH-FIELD SCALAR MODE, AND MAGNETIC VECTOR POSITIONING MODE. THIS WILL ESTABLISH THE FEASIBILITY OF THE UHM APPROACH AND LEAD TO DESIGN AND FABRICATION OF A BREADBOARD UHM INSTRUMENT IN PHASE II.

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Small Business Information at Submission:

Polatomic Inc.
2201 Waterview Pkwy #1712 Richardson, TX 75080

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Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No