Utilising diffractive optics towards a compact, cold atom clock

McGilligan, James P. and Elvin, Rachel and Griffin, Paul F. and Riis, Erling and Arnold, Aidan S.; (2016) Utilising diffractive optics towards a compact, cold atom clock. In: European Frequency and Time Forum (EFTF), 2016. IEEE, GBR. ISBN 9781509007202

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    Laser cooled atomic samples have resulted in profound advances in precision metrology [1], however the technology is typically complex and bulky. In recent publications we described a micro-fabricated optical element, that greatly facilitates miniaturisation of ultra-cold atom technology [2], [3], [4], [5]. Portable devices should be feasible with accuracy vastly exceeding that of equivalent room-temperature technology, with a minimal footprint. These laser cooled samples are ideal for atomic clocks. Here we will discuss the implementation of our micro-fabricated diffractive optics towards building a robust, compact cold atom clock.

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    McGilligan, James P. ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6514-9696, Elvin, Rachel ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0450-4727, Griffin, Paul F. ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0134-7554, Riis, Erling ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3225-5302 and Arnold, Aidan S. ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7084-6958;