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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-10-C-0508
Agency Tracking Number: N102-119-0240
Amount: $79,702.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: N102-119
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Small Business Information
3131 Indian Road, Suite B, Boulder, CO, 80301
DUNS: 072923415
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 K. Hughes
 Chief Research Scientist
 (720) 494-0717
Business Contact
 Archie Brown
Title: Vice President
Phone: (720) 474-0717
Email: abrown@triadtechno.com
Research Institution
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.

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