SQUID NMR FOR EXPLOSIVES DETECTION

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 6901
Amount: $299,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1988
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Quantum Design Inc.
11578 Sorrento Valley Rd #30, San Diego, CA, 92121
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr Ronald E Sager
 Senior Research Physicist
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Business Contact
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Research Institution
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Abstract
THE SUCCESS OF PREVIOUS CONVENTIONAL NUCLEAR MAGNETIC RESONANCE (NMR) AND NUCLEAR QUADRUPOLE RESONANCE (NQR) SYSTEMS FOR DETECTING EXPLOSIVES IN AIRLINE BAGGAGE HAS BEEN LIMITED BY THE NEED TO OPERATE AT LOW FIELDS AND LOW FREQUENCIES WHERE THE SENSITIVITY OF SUCH SYSTEMS IS SEVERELY LIMITED. HOWEVER, RECENT EXPERIMENTS HAVE SHOWN THAT SUPERCONDUCTING DEVICES IN NMR DETECTION CIRCUITS CAN ACHIEVE HIGH SENSITIVITY AT LOW FREQUENCIES, AND THIS RESULT SHOULD ALSO BE TRUE FOR NQR SYSTEMS. COUPLED WITH THE DISCOVERY OF SUPERCONDUCTING MATERIALS WHICH CAN OPERATEAT TEMPERATURES READILY AVAILABLE WITH MECHANICAL REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS, THIS WORK OFFERS THE POSSIBILITY OF SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS IN MAGNETIC RESONANCE EXPLOSIVES DETECTION SYSTEMS.

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