Strategic Applications of Ultra-Cold Atoms
Final rept. 16 Jun 2003-30 Sep 2006
STANFORD UNIV CA
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This consortium established a focused collaborative program to advance matter wave sensors. We combined atom interferometry with atom lasers and atom waveguides with the prospect of improving the sensitivity of such sensors by orders of magnitude as compared with existing state-of-the-art sensors. We identified, explored and exploited fundamental scientific possibilities surrounding the production, manipulation and detection of ultra-cold atoms for a variety of sensing applications. Such sensors include gravimeters, gravity gradiometers, gyroscopes, magnetometers and frequency standards and have applications in science and technology and within the DoD. Sensitive and accurate inertial force sensors can be used in covertpassive navigation, precision guidance, underground structure detection, gravitational mapping, etc. They are non-emanating and capable of operating in a jammed-GPS environment. We sought to build awareness of DoD needs critical to national defense at the graduate training level, and to establish a dialogue between DoD and industrial researchersmanagers and PhD trainees.
- Atomic and Molecular Physics and Spectroscopy
- Quantum Theory and Relativity