A feed-forward measurement scheme for periodic noise suppression in atomic magnetometry

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We present an unshielded, double-resonance magnetometer in which we have implemented a feed-forward measurement scheme in order to suppress periodic magnetic noise arising from, and correlated with, the mains electricity alternating current line. The technique described here uses a single sensor to track ambient periodic noise and feed forward to suppress it in a subsequent measurement. This feed forward technique has shown significant noise suppression of electrical mains-noise features of up to 22 dB under the fundamental peak at 50 Hz, 3 dB at the first harmonic (100 Hz), and 21 dB at the second harmonic (150 Hz). This technique is software based, requires no additional hardware, and is easy to implement in an existing magnetometer.

Original languageEnglish
Article number045103
Number of pages5
JournalReview of Scientific Instruments
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2020



  • magnetometer
  • sensors
  • feed-forward
  • atomic vapour
  • magnetic sensor

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