Miniature Laser Magnetometer (MLM)

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$599,951.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNX11CA92C
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
095580
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
S1.06
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
TX, Richardson, TX, 75081-1954
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
144948056
Principal Investigator:
RObert Slocum
Principal Investigator
(972) 690-0099
bob_slocum@polatomic.com
Business Contact:
Jean Isham
Business Official
(972) 972-0099
jean_isham@polatomic.com
Research Institute:
Stub




Abstract
This 2009 NASA SBIR Phase 2 proposal for an innovative Miniature Laser Magnetometer (MLM) is a response to subtopic S1.06 Particles and Field Sensors and Instrument Enabling Technologies. The MLM instrument will incorporate a number of technical innovations to achieve high-sensitivity and high-stability performance while significantly reducing the size of the laser-pumped helium magnetometer for use on very small satellites and UAVs. The MLM design approach will trade sensitivity for miniaturization of critical components while still meeting the performance requirements for geomagnetic and space science experiments. Reduction in instrument mass, volume and power will be accomplished through innovations including new non-magnetic components, compact nested triaxial Braunbek coils for vector measurements, and miniaturized packaging designs. The MLM will have a dynamic range up to 75,000 nT. The scalar sensitivity will be 5 pT/rtHz with an accuracy of 0.2 nT. The vector sensitivity will be 5 pT/rtHz with an accuracy of 0.5 nT. The feasibility of fabricating and demonstrating a MLM prototype in Phase 2 was established in the Phase 1 effort. The TRL is expected to be 6 at the end of the Phase 2 contract.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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