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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-07-C-0096
Agency Tracking Number: F074-024-0420
Amount: $99,993.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: AF07-T024
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
4865 E. 41st Ave, Denver, CO, 80216
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mike Anderson
 President
 (303) 296-6766
 anderson@vescentphotonics.com
Business Contact
 Scott Rommel
Title: VP Operations
Phone: (303) 296-6766
Email: 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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