Miniature Portable Ultra-Cold Atom Source without Active Pumps

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$749,977.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N68335-12-C-0144
Agency Tracking Number:
N102-119-0082
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
N102-119
Solicitation Number:
2010.2
Small Business Information
ColdQuanta
1600 Range Street, Suite 103, Boulder, CO, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
800608643
Principal Investigator:
Steven Hughes
Senior Engineer
(303) 440-1284
steven.hughes@coldquanta.com
Business Contact:
Rainer Kunz
President
(303) 440-1284
Rainer.Kunz@coldquanta.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
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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