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A small, pump-free source for cold and ultracold atoms

Award Information

Department of Defense
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
NAVY 10-119
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Triad Technology Inc.
640 South Sunset Street Longmont, CO -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: A small, pump-free source for cold and ultracold atoms
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N68335-10-C-0508
Award Amount: $79,702.00


A vacuum system with pressures typically below about 10-9 torr is required to mitigate thermal background collisions when producing Bose-Einstein condensates (BEC) and other forms of ultracold matter. Traditional setups contain multiple vacuum chambers, often employ the use of large ion pumps, and take up significant space on a full-sized optical table. While ultracold matter has great potential in advanced applications, these large vacuum chambers and complex setups are considered a serious impediment to application development. In performing this project, Triad Technology will produce a vacuum chamber smaller than 5cm by 5cm by 5cm in size for use as a source of ultracold matter. The chamber will meet the necessary vacuum level requirements using a unique geometry that takes advantage of a novel processing and pumping techniques.

Principal Investigator:

K. Hughes
Chief Research Scientist

Business Contact:

Archie Brown
Vice President
Small Business Information at Submission:

Triad Technology Inc.
3131 Indian Road, Suite B Boulder, CO 80301

EIN/Tax ID: 841595975
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No