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Evaluation of microchip atom interferometer designs for precision…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
83359
Program Year/Program:
2007 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
F074-024-0305
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Scientific Systems Company, Inc
500 West Cummings Park - Ste 3000 Woburn, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Evaluation of microchip atom interferometer designs for precision inertial-navigation systems
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9550-07-C-0062
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

Bose-Einstein condensates in magnetic traps and waveguides produced by microfabricated structures hold great promise for new quantum devices exploiting atomic matter waves, such as interferometers for precise measurements of rotation and acceleration. The major objectives of Phase I will be to research sources of decoherence, environmental noises and errors, and based on this research, find the most promising designs of a suitable platforms which will efficiently employ potential of autonomous high precision navigation using cold atom interferometry on microfabricated chips. The goal is to develop a prototype based on the most promising design of sensor platform from Phase I. Phase I will (1) estimate the performance of possible interferometer designs; (2) compare dc bias magnetic field and rf potential interferometers; (3) evaluate rotation vs. acceleration sensing; (4) estimate and analyze how the interferometer performance converts into navigation sensor parameters; (5) identify the most critical interferometer design parameters; (6) identify measurements for Phase II experiments; and (7) develop plan for further analysis and a prototype development in Phase II. The project team includes Professor Vladan Vuletic, Lester Wolfe Associate Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Principal Investigator:

Aleksandar Zatezalo
Principal Investigator
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alex@ssci.com

Business Contact:

Jay Miselis
Corporate Controller
7819335355
jmiselis@ssci.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

SCIENTIFIC SYSTEMS CO., INC.
500 West Cummings Park - Ste 3000 Woburn, MA 01801

EIN/Tax ID: 043053085
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
MASS. INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Room 36-413
77 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 2139
Contact: Melanie A. Straight
Contact Phone: (617) 258-8314
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university