Abstract: The goal of the proposed research is to develop the state-of-the-art solid state magnetic field sensors using the latest technology, called MgO-based magnetic tunneling junctions. These high-performance magnetic sensors will be characterized by unprecedented sensitivity, low power consumption, high temperature operation, high frequency response, and miniaturized physical size. Through collaborative efforts, a complete magnetic sensor development platform will be created at KAUST that has the potential to transform oil & gas field exploration, drilling and production, including the identification of fractured wells.
Technology: Use of magnetic tunneling junctions (MJTs) sensors that offer high performance, unprecedented sensitivity (10-100x), low power consumption, high frequence response, and miniaturized physical size.
- Reduced magnetic sensor design time and cost and high throughput design iteration.
- MJT fabrication quality, uniformity, and calibration for extreme oil and gas exploration, production and quality assurance and quality control.
- Offers a range of industrial applications: electronics, automotive, and medical imaging.
Impact: Modernization of oil and gas field exploration operations, improvement in drilling and production decision analysis.