Core Facility for the Measurement of Ultra-Low Magnetic Fields
PTB makes its unique biomedical measuring equipment accessible to external users
PTB has an excellent reputation in the field of biomedical metrology. Besides several magnetically shielded rooms, the Berlin Institute of PTB has housed the magnetically super-shielded room (BMSR-2) since 2004. With a shielding factor of more than 10,000,000, a residual magnetic field of less than 500 pT, and a gradient of 1.2 pT/mm, this room offers unique conditions for extremely high-resolution magnetic field measurements. Only by means of specially manufactured nonmagnetic structures, and by selecting and carefully characterizing suitable materials, was it possible to construct this room. SQUID magnetometers developed by PTB itself are used as sensors; they are able to detect magnetic fields down to just a few femtoteslas. With a noise as low as 150 aT/√Hz, they are among the most sensitive SQUID systems in the world.
At PTB, this measurement technology is used to carry out research on topics related to biosignal detection and processing, the nuclear spin precession of hyperpolarized noble gases, the characterization of magnetic nanoparticles and ultra-low-field nuclear magnetic resonance. Due to these versatile activities, PTB's scientists have been able to gather extensive experience in the field of metrology for ultra-low magnetic fields.
For many years, these unique measurement facilities and capabilities have not only been used in PTB's own metrological activities, but have also been in increasing demand by external scientists from universities and industry. The Core Facility called "Metrology of Ultra-Low Magnetic Fields" is a new platform supporting in-house and external users in the best possible way within the scope of their research projects in the field of magnetic metrology.
Dr. Martin Burghoff, PTB Working Group 8.22 Metrology of Ultra-Low Magnetic Fields, Phone: +49 (0)30 3481-7238, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information on PTB's new Core Facility, please visit: http://www.ptb.de/cms/ptb/institute-und-forschergruppen/geraetezentrum-8-2.html