Miniature Portable Ultra-Cold Atom Source without Active Pumps

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-12-C-0144
Agency Tracking Number: N102-119-0082
Amount: $749,977.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: N102-119
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Small Business Information
1600 Range Street, Suite 103, Boulder, CO, -
DUNS: 800608643
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Steven Hughes
 Senior Engineer
 (303) 440-1284
Business Contact
 Rainer Kunz
Title: President
Phone: (303) 440-1284
Research Institution
This research focuses on the development of a miniature ultrahigh vacuum system for cold-atom-based magnetometry. Comprised of a modular cold-atom source, and high quality optical cell in a double-MOT system, the approach primarily utilizes passive pumping technologies to facilitate sensitive magnetometry experiments with a cell volume less than 125 cm3. The source module will integrate all vacuum components necessary to prepare an alkali vapor and maintain ultrahigh vacuum. High quality cells will enable precise optical trapping, manipulation, and interrogation superior to conventional miniature cells. Further development will address handling of thermal alkali species while eliminating trace impurity gasses in their dispensing.

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