Atomically Stabilized Time Regulation in Orbit (ASTRO)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-18-C-0038
Agency Tracking Number: N172-127-0582
Amount: $129,961.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N172-127
Solicitation Number: 2017.2
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-10-17
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-04-18
Small Business Information
3030 Sterling Cir, Boulder, CO, 80301
DUNS: 800608643
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Steven Hughes
 (303) 440-1284
Business Contact
 Lisa Pendergast
Phone: (303) 440-1284
Research Institution
ColdQuanta is developing a highly-integrated, compact physics package that will reduce the size, weight, and power (SWaP) of the next-generation of space-based optical clocks. The key element of this system is the development of an ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) manifold for laser cooling strontium. The extremely narrow linewidth of strontiums optical intercombination transition is ideal for constructing a highly accurate optical clock. At the heart of the ColdQuantas UHV system, a source of low-outgassing strontium will be heated within a source chamber engineered to withstand the chemically aggressive vapor. At sufficiently high vapor pressures, the strontium will be cooled in sequential optical traps formed in the glass and silicon manifold before acting as an atomic frequency standard. This approach has significant advantages in terms of size and power consumption over traditional vacuum systems, as is required for space applications. The vacuum and atomic source technologies can also be applied directly to other atomic species of interest, including calcium, ytterbium, and barium.

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