Cold Atom Optical System for Space

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8718-06-C-0031
Agency Tracking Number: F061-269-1268
Amount: $98,718.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-269
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
1931 Old Middlefield Way Ste D, Mountain View, CA, 94043
DUNS: 162344035
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Brenton Young
 Chief Scientist
 (650) 961-4800
Business Contact
 Brenton Young
Title: President
Phone: (650) 961-4800
Research Institution
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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