Advanced Optically-driven Spin Precession Magnetometer for ASW

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$499,780.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N68335-06-C-0041
Agency Tracking Number:
N045-002-0311
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
POLATOMIC, INC.
1810 N. Glenville Dr., Suite 116, Richardson, TX, 75081
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
144948056
Principal Investigator:
Robert Slocum
PI
(972) 690-0099
bob_slocum@polatomic.com
Business Contact:
Robert Slocum
Chairman
(972) 690-0099
bob_slocum@polatomic.com
Research Institution:
UNIV. OF TEXAS AT DALLAS
Robert L Lovitt
P. O. Box 830688, EC33
Richardson, TX, 75083
(972) 883-2314
Federally funded R&D center (FFRDC)
Abstract
This SBIR Phase II proposal describes the development of a breadboard Advanced Optically-driven Spin Precession Magnetometer (AOSPM), an ultra high-sensitivity scalar laser magnetometer for airborne ASW. The AOSPM is an innovative high-sensitivity instrument capable of measuring scalar DC and ELF magnetic fields with a sensitivity better than 10.0 fT/root-Hz. Since the high sensitivity AOSPM is a scalar instrument, it is free of the extreme motional noise effects associated with all high performance superconducting and optical vector magnetometers. This is a major advantage for airborne ASW applications where future ASW operation will use two high sensitivity scalar magnetometers in a gradiometer mode on a pair of collaborative airborne platforms to reduce geomagnetic noise in the detection band. The POLATOMIC 2000 laser magnetometer has demonstrated a sensitivity of 100 fT/root-Hz. Under this STTR project, the laser magnetometer sensitivity will be improved by more than one order of magnitude through laser noise reduction, improvement in sensor components and use of Optically-driven Spin Precession (OSP) to induce magnetic resonance. The breadboard AOSP magnetometer will be designed, fabricated and tested under this Phase II Project.

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