Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Instruments for Geotechnical and Geophysical Investigations

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$99,990.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W912HZ-12-P-0023
Agency Tracking Number:
A112-100-0712
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
A11-100
Solicitation Number:
2011.2
Small Business Information
Sky Research, Inc
445 Dead Indian Memorial Rd, Ashland, OR, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
932096969
Principal Investigator:
Gregory Schultz
Director
(603) 643-5151
greg.schultz@skyresearch.com
Business Contact:
Sue Hawkins
Director
(541) 552-5105
sue.hawkins@skyresearch.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
We propose the development of a compact high-sensitivity Surface Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (SNMR) instrument that is tailored for characterization of the uppermost 2 meters of the subsurface. Through the proposed research and development effort, we will demonstrate an approach that applies new compact Atomic Magnetic (AM) sensors integrated with an advanced high-power transmitter and control system. The SNMR high power transmitter design will be optimized for the top 2 meters of the subsurface with variable pulse moments enabling moisture content layering. The SNMR receiver will specifically utilize a tunable RF magnetometer in the Spin-Exchange Relaxation-Free (SERF) regime. The fundamental sensitivity of the magnetometer in the SERF mode using a 10x10x10 cm vapor cell is 0.001 fT/vHz. The proposed instrument will be light and portable, facilitating easy deployment and enabling personnel to achieve rapid high resolution moisture content information from the top 2 meters.

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