Our lab works on optically pumped magnetometers (OPM) based on helium-4 metastable atoms. Our main achievement in last years has been the design and space qualification of the most advanced OPMs available for spatial exploration, which were launched on ESA Swarm mission . With this very same species we have developed OPMs for medical imaging of brain (MEG) and heart (MCG), which have the advantage of operating at room temperature. The development of these two imaging techniques is an opportunity to better understand and diagnose pathologies like epilepsy, Alzheimer or arrhythmia.
A few years ago we performed proof of concept measurements of both MCG and MEG with primitive versions of our sensors [2,3]. After getting a better understanding of our sensors physics  and implementing substantial improvements, we are now developing arrays of OPMs and collaborating with several clinical teams in order to test them for different applications and environments. The purpose of this post-doctoral position is to contribute to the development of magnetometer arrays. It involves experimental work to improve the current prototypes of medical OPM arrays: the post-doc will be notably in charge of improving the intrinsic noise of the sensor and identifying the best way to build robust, reproducible architectures that could be replicated in arrays of several hundreds of sensors.
This work is aimed at bringing this technology to the medical imaging market, in collaboration with a start-up currently prepared by CEA-Leti. It will be carried out in a multidisciplinary team, composed of researchers, experienced engineers, PhD students and post-docs, specialized in the fields of optics, lasers, magnetism and electronics. It will also rely on collaborations with medical research teams in neurology and cardiology.
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