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The DARPA HUMS program: revolutionizing magnetic field sensors using multiferroic materials and atomic gas vapor cells
Author(s): William S. Coblenz; Scott A. Wartenberg
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Paper Abstract

The Heterostructural Uncooled Magnetic Sensors (HUMS) program sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA/DSO) is focused on developing magnetic field sensors that operate at room temperature with an ultra-sensitivity to enable applications such as through-wall imaging, perimeter fences, tagging/tracking, and other man-portable operations. Four teams of researchers are participating in the program, with Virginia Tech and University of Maryland leading multiferroic heterostructural materials development and Princeton University and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) leading atomic vapor cell development. Leveraging the strengths of these two technologies, each team has made advancements towards the program goal of ground-breaking sensitivity, reduced noise, and portability while operating under room temperature conditions. This paper summarizes the program's achievements so far and highlights the accomplishments made by each team.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 May 2012
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 8388, Unattended Ground, Sea, and Air Sensor Technologies and Applications XIV, 838809 (24 May 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.925247
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William S. Coblenz, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (United States)
Scott A. Wartenberg, Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8388:
Unattended Ground, Sea, and Air Sensor Technologies and Applications XIV
Edward M. Carapezza, Editor(s)

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