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Title: Atomic magnetometer

Abstract

An atomic magnetometer is disclosed which uses a pump light beam at a D1 or D2 transition of an alkali metal vapor to magnetically polarize the vapor in a heated cell, and a probe light beam at a different D2 or D1 transition to sense the magnetic field via a polarization rotation of the probe light beam. The pump and probe light beams are both directed along substantially the same optical path through an optical waveplate and through the heated cell to an optical filter which blocks the pump light beam while transmitting the probe light beam to one or more photodetectors which generate electrical signals to sense the magnetic field. The optical waveplate functions as a quarter waveplate to circularly polarize the pump light beam, and as a half waveplate to maintain the probe light beam linearly polarized.

Inventors:
 [1];  [1]
  1. Albuquerque, NM
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1069121
Patent Number(s):
8,212,556
Application Number:
12/686,109
Assignee:
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM) SNL
DOE Contract Number:
AC04-94AL85000
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
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Citation Formats

Schwindt, Peter, and Johnson, Cort N. Atomic magnetometer. United States: N. p., 2012. Web.
Schwindt, Peter, & Johnson, Cort N. Atomic magnetometer. United States.
Schwindt, Peter, and Johnson, Cort N. 2012. "Atomic magnetometer". United States. doi:. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1069121.
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