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Miniature Portable Ultra-Cold Atom Source without Active Pumps

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
98605
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N102-119-0082
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
NAVY 10-119
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ColdQuanta
1600 Range Street Suite 103 Boulder, CO -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Miniature Portable Ultra-Cold Atom Source without Active Pumps
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N68335-10-C-0505
Award Amount: $79,896.00
 

Abstract:

Research centers on the development of a purely passively pumped miniature ultrahigh vacuum system capable of producing Bose-Einstein condensates and related forms of ultracold matter. The approach is based on a double-MOT system incorporating an atom chip. Key issues concern the management of the excess thermal component of the cooled alkali metal species as well as the elimination of trace impurity gases. Experimental work concentrates on investigation of candidate getter elements and demonstration of getter technology. Efficacy of the approach is to be established in a proof-of-principle demonstration achieving nanotorr vacuum levels in the atom chip section of the system while it is also subject to the high thermal background load of alkali metal vapor. Design work centers on new vacuum cell fabrication techniques and integration of the passive pump elements to complete the miniature cell system design having a volume of less than 100 cc.

Principal Investigator:

Steven Hughes
Senior Scientist
3034401284
steven.hughes@coldquanta.com

Business Contact:

Rainer Kunz
President
3034401284
rainer.kunz@coldquanta.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ColdQuanta
5470 Conestoga Court Boulder, CO 80301

EIN/Tax ID: 208401414
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No