Portable High-Flux Cold Atom Source
Department of Defense
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AbstractWe propose to develop a compact and rugged source of cold atoms for atom-based sensors. Our proposal encompasses the laser system, vacuum cell, and electronics required to achieve micro-Kelvin temperatures for 10^8 atoms with a repetition rate faster than 500 ms. We will run simulations and construct 3D models to minimize the size and cost of the vacuum and laser system. Part of the objective is to test alternative methods of maintaining low vacuum, significantly reducing cost. An additional objective is to construct a specialized laser system for less cost than commercial systems. Phase I will focus on demonstrating a simplified vacuum system and laser system, with the option period devoted to demonstrating the cold atom source.
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