Sensor Technology for Anti-Submarine Warfare

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-03-M-0030
Agency Tracking Number: N022-0699
Amount: $99,895.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solitcitation Year: N/A
Solitcitation Topic Code: N/A
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
POLATOMIC, INC.
1810 N. Glenville Dr., Suite 116, Richardson, TX, 75081
Duns: 144948056
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert Slocum
 Chief Technical Officer
 (972) 690-0099
 bob_slocum@polatomic.com
Business Contact
 Gary Kuhlman
Title: President & COO
Phone: (972) 690-0099
Email: gary_kuhlman@polatomic.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This SBIR Phase I proposal describes the development of a conceptual design for a high-sensitivity laser magnetometer for ASW using Optically-driven Spin Precession (OSP). The OSP laser magnetometer is an innovative high-sensitivity instrument capable ofmeasuring scalar DC and ELF magnetic fields with a sensitivity better than 0.3 pT/root-Hz. The OSP laser sensor employs Optically-driven Spin Precession (OSP) instead of conventional Magnetically-driven Spin Precession (MSP) to induce and observe magneticresonance in the helium cell. An OSP single-cell digital locked-oscillator scalar magnetometer was demonstrated for the first time under a recent NASA Phase I Project achieving 3 pT/root-Hz sensitivity. Under this SBIR project the sensitivity will beimproved by one order of magnitude for ASW applications through laser noise reduction. A design will be developed to miniaturize the OSP sensor by eliminating the resonance drive coil and cable and obtaining full sensitivity on all headings using a singlehelium cell thereby reducing the number of helium cells from three to one for omni-directional operation. The feasibility of fabricating a high sensitivity breadboard OSP magnetometer in Phase II will be established under the Phase I Project. The OSPmagnetometer will have a variety of commercial and military applications including measurements of the magnetic fields around the Earth including monitoring the solar magnetic field activities for telecommunication applications and climate changepredictions. The OSP Magnetometer will be use at the Earth's surface for airborne and surface geomagnetic prospecting as well as unexploded ordinance detection (UXO). The laser magnetometer technology is currently being considered by the US Navy and theJapanese Defense Agency for submarine detection and for mine countermeasures applications. The OSPM capabilities of outstanding accuracy, high-sensitivity scalar measurements, omni-directionality without dead zones, and high-frequency detection will openup a variety of applications in commercial security and surveillance applications.

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