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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Amount:
$499,907.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA9550-09-C-0063
Agency Tracking Number:
F074-024-0420
Solicitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF07-T024
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Vescent Photonics
4865 E. 41st Ave, Denver, CO, 80216
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
N/A
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
 University of Colorado
 Dana Anderson
 UCB
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO, 80309
 (303) 333-3333
 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. BENEFIT: A domestic diode laser system capable of reliable, agile, frequency offset locking will find uses in spectroscopic sensors as well as laser sources for producing cold atom samples for atom interferometry.  Inertial navigation systems based on atom interferometers can someday set new accuracy standards, and have applications for civilian navigation, submarine navigation, as well as space-based applications such as satellite positioning and spacecraft navigation.  These laser systems will also aid researchers studying coherent matter physics by removing the need to develop and maintain complex laser systems.

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