FIBER OPTIC MAGNETOMETER WITH 10 TO THE -12 TESLA/DIVIDED BY HZ DETECTION CAPABILITY

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$500,000.00
Award Year:
1988
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
3960
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Geo-centers Inc.
7 Wells Ave, Newton Centre, MA, 02159
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Dr Marc D Mermelstein
(202) 767-2870
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
THE DEVELOPMENT OF A HIGH SENSITIVITY POLARIMETRIC FIBER OPTIC MAGNETOMETER CAPABLE OF DETECTING LOW-FREQUENCY MAGNETIC FIELDS OF 10 (-12) TESLA/DIV BY HZ IS PROPOSED. THE PHASE I RESEARCH EFFORT IS PRIMARY DIRECTED TOWARD THE DEVELOPMENT OF A FIBER OPTIC MAGNETOELASTIC TRANSDUCER, OF SUFFICIENT SENSITIVITY, WHICH CONVERTS THE SIGNAL MAGNETIC FIELD TO A STRAIN AND TRANSFERS THE STRAIN TO THE CORE OF THE OPTICAL FIBER. THE NOVEL TRANSDUCER DESIGN CONSISTS OF A MAGNETOSTRICTIVE AMORPHOUS METAL RIBBON CONFIGURATED IN A THIN SHELL GEOMETRY AROUND WHICH IS WOUND A SPECIALIZED SELF-ORIENTING HIGHBIREFRINGENCE FIBER. FIELD-INDUCED STRAINS IN THE MAGNETOSTRICTIVE THIN-SHELL ARE TRANSFERRED TO THE CORE OF THE OPTICAL FIBER AND INDUCE FLUCTUATIONS IN THE FIBER BIREFRINGENCE. THESE BIREFRINGENCE FLUCTUATIONS ARE SUBSEQUENTLY CONVERTED TO A SIGNAL VOLTAGE BY THE FIBER OPTIC POLARIMETRIC INTERFEROMETER AND THE PHOTODETECTOR. THE PHASE I RESEARCH EFFORT IS SPECIFICALLY DIRECTED TOWARD THE DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION, AND OPTIMIZATION OF THE FIBER OPTIC MAGNETOELASTIC TRANSDUCER. A SUCCESSFUL CONCLUSION OF THE PHASE I RESEARCH EFFORT WILL BE THE DEVELOPMENT OF A FIBER OPTIC MAGNETOELASTIC TRANSDUCER WHOSE MAGNETIC FIELD SENSITIVITY IS CONDUCTIVE TO THE DETECTION OF LOW FREQUENCY MAGNETIC FIELDS OF 10 (-12) TESLA/ DIV BY HZ.

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