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Unexploded ordnance detection using imaging giant magnetoresistive (GMR) sensor arrays

Description: False positive detections account for a great part of the expense associated with unexploded ordnance (UXO) remediation. Presently fielded systems like pulsed electromagnetic induction systems and cesium-vapor magnetometers are able to distinguish between UXO and other metallic ground clutter only with difficulty. The discovery of giant magnetoresistance (GMR) has led to the development of a new generation of integrated-circuit magnetic sensors that are far more sensitive than previously available room-temperature-operation electronic devices. The small size of GMR sensors makes possible the construction of array detectors that can be used to image the flux emanating from a ferrous object or from a non-ferrous object with eddy currents imposed by an external coil. The purpose of a GMR-based imaging detector would be to allow the operator to easily distinguish between UXO and benign objects (like shrapnel or spent bullets) that litter formerly used defense sites (FUDS). In order to demonstrate the potential of a GMR-based imaging technology, a crude magnetic imaging system has been constructed using commercially available sensors. The ability to roughly determine the outline and disposition of magnetic objects has been demonstrated. Improvements to the system which are necessary to make it into a high-performance UXO detector are outlined.
Date: May 6, 1997
Creator: Chaiken, A., LLNL
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Report on demonstration project: imaging detection of unexploded ordinance using giant magnetoresistive sensor arrays

Description: The goal of the project was to demonstrate the feasibility of the detection of buried unexploded ordnance (UXO) using giant magnetoresistive (GMR) sensor arrays. 3x3 and 5x5 arrays of off-the-shelf GMR sensors were purchased from Nonvolatile Electronics (NVE) and were interfaced with a data acquisition card and a personal computer. Magnetic images were obtained from a number of ferrous objects, such as threadstock, bolts, and rebar. These images can be interpreted in terms of the remanent magnetic state of the objects. The ability of the GMR sensor approach to discriminate among magnetic objects is assessed and the design of a more realistic UXO detection system is discussed.
Date: September 1, 1996
Creator: Chaiken, A., LLNL
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

NiO exchange bias layers grown by direct ion beam sputtering of a nickel oxide target

Description: A new process for fabricating NiO exchange bias layers has been developed. The process involves the direct ion beam sputtering (IBS) of a NiO target. The process is simpler than other deposition techniques for producing NiO buffer layers, and facilitates the deposition of an entire spin-valve layered structure using IBS without breaking vacuum. The layer thickness and temperature dependence of the exchange field for NiO/NiFe films produced using IBS are presented and are similar to those reported for similar films deposited using reactive magnetron sputtering. The magnetic properties of highly textured exchange couples deposited on single crystal substrates are compared to those of simultaneously deposited polycrystalline films, and both show comparable exchange fields. These results are compared to current theories describing the exchange coupling at the NiO/NiFe interface.
Date: March 1, 1996
Creator: Michel, R.P.; Chaiken, A.; Johnson, L.E. & Kim, Y.K.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Magnetic properties of epitaxial and polycrystalline Fe/Si multilayers

Description: Fe/Si multilayers with antiferromagnetic interlayer coupling have been grown via ion-beam sputtering on both glass and single-crystal substrates. X-ray diffraction measurements show that both sets of films have crystalline iron silicide spacer layers and a periodic composition modulation. Films grown on glass have smaller crystallite sizes than those grown on single-crystal substrates and have a significant remanent magnetization. Films grown on single-crystal substrates have a smaller remanence. The observation of magnetocrystalline anisotropy in hysteresis loops and (hkl) peaks in x-ray diffraction demonstrates that the films grown on MgO and Ge are epitaxial. The smaller remanent magnetization in Fe/Si multilayers with better crystallinity suggests that the remanence is not intrinsic.
Date: August 1, 1995
Creator: Chaiken, A.; Michel, R.P. & Wang, C.T.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Crystal structure dependence of antiferromagnetic coupling in Fe/Si multilayers

Description: Recent reports of temperature dependent antiferromagnetic coupling in Fe/Si multilayers have motivated the generalization of models describing magnetic coupling in metal/metal multilayers to metal/insulator and metal/semiconductor layered systems. Interesting dependence of the magnetic properties on layer thickness and temperature are predicted. We report measurements that show the antiferromagnetic (AF) coupling observed in Fe/Si multilayers is strongly dependent on the crystalline coherence of the silicide interlayer. Electron diffraction images show the silicide interlayer has a CsCl structure. It is not clear at this time whether the interlayer is a poor metallic conductor or a semiconductor so the relevance of generalized coupling theories is unclear.
Date: April 1, 1995
Creator: Michel, R.P.; Chaiken, A. & Wall, M.A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Crystal structure of kappa-In2Se3

Description: Structural properties of single-phase films of {kappa}-In{sub 2}Se{sub 3} and {gamma}-In{sub 2}Se{sub 3} were investigated. Both films were polycrystalline but their microstructure differed considerably. The a-lattice parameter of {kappa}-In{sub 2}Se{sub 3} has been measured. Comparison between these two materials indicates that {kappa}-In{sub 2}Se{sub 3} has a significantly larger unit cell ({Delta}c = 2.5 {+-} 0.2 % and {Delta}a = 13.5 {+-} 0.5%) and a structure more similar to the {alpha}-phase of In{sub 2}Se{sub 3}.
Date: October 24, 2002
Creator: Jasinski, J.; Swider, W.; Washburn, J.; Liliental-Weber, Z.; Chaiken, A.; Nauka, K. et al.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Critical parameters of superconducting materials and structures

Description: We report here the completion of a one year project to investigate the synthesis, electronic structure, defect structure, and physical transport properties of high temperature superconducting oxide materials. During the course of this project we produced some of the finest samples of single crystal detwinned YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7}, and stoichiometrically perfect (Ba,K)BiO{sub 3}. We deduced the Fermi surface of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7}, (La,Sr){sub 2}CuO{sub 4}, and (Ba,K)BiO{sub 3} through the recording of the electron momentum density in these materials as measured by positron annihilation spectroscopy and angle resolved photoemission. We also performed extensive studies on Pr substituted (Y,Pr)Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} so as to further understand the origin of the electron pairing leading to superconductivity.
Date: February 1, 1995
Creator: Fluss, M.J.; Howell, R.H.; Sterne, P.A.; Dykes, J.W.; Mosley, W.D.; Chaiken, A. et al.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department