10 March 2015 Atom interferometry using Bose-Einstein condensates on Earth and in space
Author Affiliations +
The Cold Atom Laboratory is a multipurpose ultracold gas experiment currently being developed for operation on the international space station. It will have the ability to demonstrate proof-of-principle atom interferometry experiments in space. By using microgravity, atom interferometry has the potential to achieve extremely good performance in sensing and navigation applications. Terrestrial experiments can be used to explore potential challenges and prior to launch. One issue of concern is the release of cold atoms from a magnetic trap into free space. Although the atoms will not fall, they can acquire relatively large velocities due to technical limitations such as stray magnetic fields. This can limit the time available for measurements and thus the atom interferometer performance.
© (2015) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.
C. A. Sackett, C. A. Sackett, R. H. Leonard, R. H. Leonard, A. Fallon, A. Fallon, "Atom interferometry using Bose-Einstein condensates on Earth and in space", Proc. SPIE 9378, Slow Light, Fast Light, and Opto-Atomic Precision Metrology VIII, 93781Y (10 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2086847; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2086847


High-precision astrometry of crowded fields by interferometry
Proceedings of SPIE (September 09 1993)
Developments toward atomic quantum sensors
Proceedings of SPIE (February 08 2007)
From monolithics to tethers to freeflyers the spectrum of...
Proceedings of SPIE (February 25 2003)
An atomic funnel for atom interferometry
Proceedings of SPIE (April 30 1997)

Back to Top