Miniature Laser Magnetometer (MLM)

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,965.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX10CD61P
Award Id:
95421
Agency Tracking Number:
095580
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
S1
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1810 N. Glenville Dr., #116, Richardson, TX, 75081
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:
Robert Slocum
Business Official
(972) 690-0099
bob_slocum@polatomic.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
This 2009 NASA SBIR Phase 1 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 miniaturized components, laser spectroscopy techniques for resonance detection, compact integrated optical designs and miniaturized electronics packaging. The MLM will have a dynamic range up to 75,000 nT and a 860 Hz sample rate. The scalar sensitivity will be 1 pT/rtHz with an accuracy of 0.1 nT. The vector sensitivity will be 1 pT/rtHz with an accuracy of 0.5 nT. Trade studies will select the innovations for inclusion in the MLM conceptual design that will demonstrate the feasibility of fabricating and demonstrating a brass-board in Phase 2. The TRL is expected to be 4 at the end of the Phase 1 contract.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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