Ref: Patent ep2404200a2
An atomic magnetometer is a magnetic field sensor. Like any other sensor, it can be used for any number of applications and in any number of industries. How can someone justify trying to patent just the use of an older patented technology in an entire industry without inventing anything at all. Basically all that is claimed in the application is that the "inventors" will incorporate magnetometers in their traditional surveying instrumentation to sense magnetic field, that's it. Don't you at least have to pretend to invent something first before trying to patent an invention?