A multichannel imaging system is presented, consisting of 25 microfabricated optically-pumped magnetometers. The sensor probes have a footprint of less than 1 cm2 and a sensitive volume of 1.5 mm × 1.5 mm × 1.5 mm and connect to a control unit through optical fibers of length 5 m. Operating at very low ambient magnetic fields, the sensor array has an average magnetic sensitivity of 24 fT/Hz1/2, with a standard deviation of 5 fT/Hz1/2 when the noise of each sensor is averaged between 10 and 50 Hz. Operating in Earth's magnetic field, the magnetometers have a field sensitivity around 5 pT/Hz1/2. The vacuum-packaged sensor heads are optically heated and consume on average 76 ± 7 mW of power each. The heating power is provided by an array of eight diode lasers. Magnetic field imaging of small probe coils was obtained with the sensor array and fits to the expected field pattern agree well with the measured data.
Alem, Orang; Mhaskar, Rahul; Jiménez-Martínez, Ricardo; Sheng, Dong; LeBlanc, John; Trahms, Lutz; Sander, Tilmann; Kitching, John; and Knappe, Svenja, "Magnetic field imaging with microfabricated optically-pumped magnetometers." (2017). Mechanical Engineering Faculty Contributions. 35.