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Miniature atomic magnetometer integrated with flux concentrators

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Author(s)

William C. Griffith, Svenja A. Knappe, John E. Kitching, Ricardo Jimenez Martinez, Vishal Shah

Abstract

High permeability magnetic flux concentrators are used to enhance the sensitivity of an atomic magnetometer operating in the spin exchange relaxation free regime. The magnetometer uses a millimeter scale 87Rb vapor cell and either mu-metal or Mn-Zn ferrite flux concentrators. The measured sensitivity gives excellent agreement with calculations of thermal noise from the concentrator material. The mu-metal concentrators allow a sensitivity of 50 fT Hz-1/2, limited by thermal current magnetic noise. The ferrite concentrators are limited by thermal magnetization noise at low frequencies, and reach a sensitivity of 10 fT Hz-1/2 for frequencies above 125 Hz.
Citation
Applied Physics Letters
Volume
94

Keywords

magnetic flux concentrators, magnetic noise, magnetic sensors, SERF

Citation

Griffith, W. , Knappe, S. , Kitching, J. , Jimenez, R. and Shah, V. (2009), Miniature atomic magnetometer integrated with flux concentrators, Applied Physics Letters, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=900965 (Accessed June 19, 2024)

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Created January 14, 2009, Updated February 19, 2017