Portable High-Flux Cold Atom Source

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$69,325.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-09-M-0239
Agency Tracking Number:
N091-079-1572
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
N091-079
Solicitation Number:
2009.1
Small Business Information
AOSense, Inc.
767 N Mary Ave, Sunnyvale, CA, 94085
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
162344035
Principal Investigator:
Michael Matthews
Sr. Physicist
(408) 735-9500
mmatthews@aosense.com
Business Contact:
Brenton Young
Sr. Physicist
(408) 735-9500
byoung@aosense.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
We 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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