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Detection of Radio Frequency and Magnetic Field Bioeffects in Living Cells

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-18-P-6974
Agency Tracking Number: F18A-001-0168
Amount: $149,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF18A-T001
Solicitation Number: 2018.0
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-07-10
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-07-10
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 Christian Hovde
 (513) 272-1323
 dchovde@swsciences.com
Business Contact
 Alan Stanton
Phone: (505) 984-1322
Email: astanton@swsciences.com
Research Institution
 University of California
 Nicole Hensley
 c/o Sponsored Projects Office
1608 Fourth Street, Suite 220
Berkeley, CA, 94710
 (510) 642-5850
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Radio frequency communications and sensors are everywhere in both personal and military life. RF fields are also used in some medical therapies. However, little is known about the medical effects that result from the routine exposure of tissue to RF fields. To understand such effects, new instrumentation is needed that can quantify the RF radiation amplitude with spatial resolution comparable to the size of biological structures such as cells. This Phase I STTR project will investigate a method of quantifying the amplitude of radio frequency fields in biological samples. Our approach is based on measuring resonance signals from nitrogen-vacancy-doped diamonds. To minimize the impact of the probe on the system to be measured, the design uses only materials that are electrically and biologically inert, and the mass of the material is kept small. We envision two device designs: one consisting of a diamond microscope slide probed from below, the other an optical fiber that can be inserted into a larger sample, such as a tissue phantom. The Phase I research will focus on showing that NV diamonds can be used to make quantitative measurements of field amplitudes, and to define the range of fields over which it can operate.

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