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High-Flux Ultracold-Atom Chip Interferometers

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
114316
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
S1.10
Solicitation Number:
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: 2012
Title: High-Flux Ultracold-Atom Chip Interferometers
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX12CE57P
Award Amount: $124,940.00
 

Abstract:

ColdQuanta's ultimate objective is to produce a compact, turnkey, ultracold-atom system specifically designed for performing interferometry with Bose-Einstein condensates. To produce ultracold-atom-based devices (e.g. inertial sensors, magnetometers, clocks, etc.) that can compete with existing technologies, higher fluxes and/or faster production rates will be needed over current state-of-the-art techniques.In this Phase I work effort, ColdQuanta will address this need for greater fluxes by investigating two approaches toward developing high-flux compact BEC-producing systems. The first approach targets systems that utilize ColdQuanta's RuBECi vacuum cell and its proven success at the heart of the world's smallest, fastest-producing, ultracold atom systems. Using numerical optimization, we will improve the speed and efficiency (i.e. reduce atom loss) of several key production steps, including faster trap loading from a cold-atom source and more efficient atom transfer between magnetic traps.In the second, higher payoff approach, we will investigate implementation of assembly-line production of BECs using vacuum cell construction that allows each stage of production to occur simultaneously throughout a series of interconnected vacuum chambers. The resulting system would create ultracold atoms quasi-continuously and increase production rates by virtually eliminating dead time between sequential operating cycles.

Principal Investigator:

Daniel Farkas
Principal Investigator
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daniel.farkas@coldquanta.com

Business Contact:

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

ColdQuanta, Inc.
1600 Range Street Suite 103 Boulder, CO -

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