NASA SBIR 2006 Solicitation


SUBTOPIC TITLE:Sensors for Measurement of Particles and Fields
PROPOSAL TITLE:Low Power, Self Calibrated Vector Magnetometer

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Southwest Sciences Inc
1570 Pacheco St Suite E-11
Santa Fe, NM 87505-3993
(505) 984-1322

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
David   Hovde
1570 Pacheco St Suite E-11
Santa Fe, NM  87505-3993
(513) 272-1323

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT ( Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
This Phase I SBIR project investigates a novel approach to vector magnetometry based on high precision measurements of the total magnetic field. The calibration is based on the measurement of the Larmor frequency of an atomic vapor. The accuracy should be sufficient to determine the curl of the magnetic field from measurement points separated by about 80 meters. A novel magnetic modulation technique will be compared to the technique used in Cassini and Ulysses. Two methods for controlling the atomic density will be compared.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS ( Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Earth-based and orbiting vector magnetometers for understanding the Earth's magnetosphere and its interaction with the sun; magnetometers for planetary exploration. Low mass magnetic resonance imagers suitable for space medicine studies.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS ( Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Precision vector and total field magnetometers for geological exploration and laboratory measurement. Low cost nuclear magnetic imaging.

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Particle and Fields

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