Chip-Scale Lasers for Inertial Navigation Systems Using Atom Chip Sensors

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,993.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9550-07-C-0096
Agency Tracking Number:
F074-024-0420
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
VESCENT PHOTONICS
4865 E. 41st Ave, Denver, CO, 80216
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Mike Anderson
President
(303) 296-6766
anderson@vescentphotonics.com
Business Contact:
Scott Rommel
VP Operations
(303) 296-6766
rommel@vescentphotonics.com
Research Institution:
UNIV. OF COLORADO
Diana Vidal
Room 481, Campus Box 572 UCB
3100 Marine Street
Boulder, CO, 80309-1899
(303) 492-2561
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
We propose to develop and build a novel chip-scale external cavity laser with frequency agility for use in matter-wave inertial navigation systems. These lasers exhibit narrow linewidth, frequency agility (10 GHz), environmental immunity, and can be precisely tuned during manufacture to rubidium D2 transitions or any transition wavelength where Fabry-Perot laser diodes are available, without the need for excessive heating or cooling. By offset phase locking chip-ECLs will enable systems off lasers at precise frequency offsets as needed for preparing, probing, and splitting Bose-Einstein condensates while maintaining continuous servo control. Reliable hands-off lasers are needed for field-deployed inertial navigation systems using cold atoms sources or coherent matter waves.

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