Evaluation of microchip atom interferometer designs for precision inertial-navigation systems

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9550-07-C-0062
Agency Tracking Number:
F074-024-0305
Solicitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF07-T024
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
SCIENTIFIC SYSTEMS CO., INC.
500 West Cummings Park - Ste 3000, Woburn, MA, 01801
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
859244204
Principal Investigator
 Aleksandar Zatezalo
 Principal Investigator
 (781) 933-5355
 alex@ssci.com
Business Contact
 Jay Miselis
Title: Corporate Controller
Phone: (781) 933-5355
Email: jmiselis@ssci.com
Research Institution
 MASS. INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
 Melanie A Straight
 Room 36-413
77 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA, 2139
 (617) 258-8314
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Bose-Einstein condensates in magnetic traps and waveguides produced by microfabricated structures hold great promise for new quantum devices exploiting atomic matter waves, such as interferometers for precise measurements of rotation and acceleration. The major objectives of Phase I will be to research sources of decoherence, environmental noises and errors, and based on this research, find the most promising designs of a suitable platforms which will efficiently employ potential of autonomous high precision navigation using cold atom interferometry on microfabricated chips. The goal is to develop a prototype based on the most promising design of sensor platform from Phase I. Phase I will (1) estimate the performance of possible interferometer designs; (2) compare dc bias magnetic field and rf potential interferometers; (3) evaluate rotation vs. acceleration sensing; (4) estimate and analyze how the interferometer performance converts into navigation sensor parameters; (5) identify the most critical interferometer design parameters; (6) identify measurements for Phase II experiments; and (7) develop plan for further analysis and a prototype development in Phase II. The project team includes Professor Vladan Vuletic, Lester Wolfe Associate Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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