Magnetometer for the Neutron Electric Dipole Moment Experiment

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-08ER84989
Award Id:
89894
Agency Tracking Number:
n/a
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1570 Pacheco Street, Suite E-11, Santa Fe, NM, 87505
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
153579891
Principal Investigator:
DavidHovde
Dr.
(513) 272-1323
dchovde@swsciences.com
Business Contact:
AlanStanton
Mr.
(505) 984-1322
astanton@swsciences.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
The neutron electric dipole moment (EDM) experiment is a DOE nuclear physics project that seeks to measure the precession of neutrons in superimposed magnetic and electric fields. The magnetic field must be homogeneous to 1 part in one million, but existing instruments compromise this requirement because they are too bulky to fit in the shielded measurement region or they lack the sensitivity needed to verify the field stability. This project will develop a compact, all-optical magnetometer with a volume of just 1 cm, based on fiber-optics and novel atomic spectroscopy techniques. This magnetometer will be used to test the neutron EDM instrument. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: Commercial applications of magnetometers include instrumentation for geophysics and mineral exploration, buried object detection, and defense applications such as IED detection and submarine detection. Emerging applications include low-field magnetic resonance imaging and medical diagnostics.

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