Cold Atom Optical System for Space

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$98,718.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8718-06-C-0031
Award Id:
78983
Agency Tracking Number:
F061-269-1268
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1931 Old Middlefield Way Ste D, Mountain View, CA, 94043
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
162344035
Principal Investigator:
BrentonYoung
Chief Scientist
(650) 961-4800
byoung@aosense.com
Business Contact:
BrentonYoung
President
(650) 961-4800
byoung@aosense.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
We propose to design a compact, rugged and low-power optical system for use in rubidium Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) systems and to validate critical design features. AOSense previously has designed and fabricated atom-optic (AO) sensor laser systems and control electronics for a variety of terrestrial moving-platform applications. Innovations proposed in this work include: (1) laser sources at 780 nm rubidium transitions instead of 852 nm cesium transitions, (2) a two-fold increase in the frequency-tuning range, (3) a five-fold reduction in volume and (4) mechanical and thermal designs focused toward space-qualification rather than terrestrial moving-base applications. Design validation studies will focus on ensuring that the laser sources, which are foundational to the design, will meet the required performance specifications.

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