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SBIR Phase II: Multi-Coil Surface NMR Instrumentation and Software for 3-D…

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
63721
Program Year/Program:
2005 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
0317782
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Vista Clara Inc.
12201 Cyrus Way Suite 104 Mukilteo, WA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: SBIR Phase II: Multi-Coil Surface NMR Instrumentation and Software for 3-D Groundwater Imaging
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0450164
Award Amount: $500,000.00
 

Abstract:

This SBIR Phase II research proposal aims to develop a commercial multi-Coil Magnetic Resonance Sounding (MRS) system for 3-D groundwater imaging and characterization. The principal innovations are the use of multi-coil arrays and the development of coherent signal processing methods to reconstruct 3-D images. The feasibility of this system concept through computer simulation, analysis, and by acquiring experimental (very low SNR) multi-coil NMR data has been established. It is now proposed to design and assemble a field-scale multi-coil MRS prototype instrument with surface coil diameters on the order of 50-100 meters, and to field test this prototype extensively with the U.S. Geological Survey and a groundwater -consulting firm. This multi-coil MRS system enables a critical performance improvement in the area of spatial resolution (3-D vs. 1-D) and at least an order of magnitude improvement in sensitivity (effective SNR). Inadequate access to clean, safe, and reliable sources of drinking water is a primary cause of disease in the developing world. Inadequate access to groundwater resources, and inadequate understanding of the long-term effects of groundwater use, pose fundamental limitations on economic and agricultural development in much of the developed world, including the United States. As an inexpensive, low-energy, and non-invasive groundwater exploration method, the proposed technology could have significant positive impacts on world health, natural resource management, and economic development.

Principal Investigator:

David O. Walsh
Dr
4253491100
davewalsh@vista-clara.com

Business Contact:

David O. Walsh
Dr
4253491100
davewalsh@vista-clara.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Vista Clara, Inc.
8849 47th Place West Mukilteo, WA 98275

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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
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