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Atomic Triaxial Magnetometer

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-19-C-0642
Agency Tracking Number: N19A-006-0168
Amount: $139,993.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N19A-T006
Solicitation Number: 2019.1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-07-25
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-01-21
Small Business Information
6770 W 52nd Ave # B, Arvada, CO, 80002
DUNS: 112697136
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kevin Knabe
 (303) 296-6766
 kknabe@vesent.com
Business Contact
 Ruth McCurry
Phone: (303) 296-6766
Email: rmccurry@vescent.com
Research Institution
 MIT Lincoln Labs
 Mike Anderson
 244 Wood Street
Lexington, MA, 02420
 (303) 296-6766
 Federally funded R&D center (FFRDC)
Abstract
Vescent Photonics and MIT Lincoln Labs (MIT-LL) propose to develop a quantum-based vector magnetometer with low size, weight, power, and cost (SWaP+C) for Navy applications. The proposed system will rely on probing magnetically-sensitive, atomic-like transitions of nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centers in diamond to provide stable, high-bandwidth readout of the vector magnetic field with sub-picotesla sensitivity. The MIT-LL team are experts in NV diamond magnetometry with working benchtop prototypes and in-house diamond growth capabilities. The MIT-LL magnetometer has already successfully demonstrated scale-factor-free vector field measurements with high dynamic range (>4 mT) and excellent long-term stability. As a commercial vendor of high-performance laser systems, Vescent Photonics has expertise in developing low-noise, low SWaP electronics and in packaging micro-electro-optical systems for use in fielded applications. Together, the two teams will convert the MIT-LL benchtop magnetometer to a compact, all-solid-state, deployable module capable of detecting magnetic fields with sub-pT/Hz1/2 sensitivities.

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