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Navigation with Atom Interferometers

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Naval Air Systems Command Patuxent River United States

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In this article, we review the basic physics of an atom interferometer. We highlight the usefulness of atom interferometers for inertial navigation due to their high phase sensitivity to both linear acceleration and angular rotation, but also the drawback that a single atom interferometer cannot distinguish between the two sources of phase shifts. We describe a design for a dual atom interferometer to simultaneously measure acceleration and rotation and we describe the current status of our apparatus.

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Conference Paper

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42nd Annual Gomactech Conference (GOMACTech 17), 20 Mar 2017, 23 Mar 2017, See also AD1034309 - 42nd Annual Gomactech Conference (GOMACTech 17) Government Microcircuit Applications And Critical Technology Conference. Technologies For Secure Spectrum Access From Dc To Light. Held At The Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, Nevada, March 20-23, 2017.




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