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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-10-C-0576
Agency Tracking Number: N102-134-1248
Amount: $80,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: N102-134
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Small Business Information
1570 Pacheco Street, Suite E-11, Santa Fe, NM, 87505
DUNS: 153579891
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Hovde
 Principal Research Scient
 (513) 272-1323
Business Contact
 Alan Stanton
Title: President
Phone: (505) 984-1322
Email: astanton@swsciences.com
Research Institution
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.

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