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Compact, cold-atom clock for Navy field use

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Department of Defense
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2013 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Vescent Photonics
4865 E. 41st Ave Denver, CO 80216-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Compact, cold-atom clock for Navy field use
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-13-P-1196
Award Amount: $79,740.00


Vescent Photonics proposes to develop a compact laser system and integrate it with a cold-atom micro primary standard developed under the DARPA IMPACT program. In phase I we will investigate performance enhancements resulting from immobilizing the cold-atom sample with an optical lattice formed from an optical field whose wavelength is chosen to minimize the differential light shifts between the states of the clock transition in rubidium vapor. The optical lattice can potentially increase the Ramsey interrogation time, reduce collisional broadening, and improve the readout of the hyperfine populations as well as reduce systematic error resulting from motion of the atoms in the microwave interrogation region. A successful Phase I effort will result in a clock design that improves upon stability, accuracy, and size, weight, and power as compared to commercially available primary standards based on cesium. In Phase II a complete laser system will be developed and integrated with a physics package. The Allan variance of the resulting clock will be tested over long times.

Principal Investigator:

Michael Anderson
(303) 296-6766

Business Contact:

Scott Rommel
VP Operation
(303) 296-6766
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Vescent Photonics
4865 E. 41st Ave Denver, CO -

EIN/Tax ID: 030437707
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Colorado
JILA University of Colorado
440 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0440
Contact: James K. Thompson
Contact Phone: (303) 492-7558