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Chip-Scale Atomic Devices



John E. Kitching, Svenja A. Knappe, P Schwindt, Ying-ju Wang, Hugh Robinson, Leo W. Hollberg, Li-Anne Liew, John Moreland, Alan Brannon, J Breitbarth, Brad Lindseth, Z Popovic, V Shah, Vladislav Gerginov, Matt Eardley


We present an overview of recent work to develop chip-scale atomic devices such as frequency references and magnetometers. These devices take advantage of advances over the last ten years in the fields of micro electro mechanical systems (MEMS), precision atomic spectroscopy and semiconductor lasers. The convergence of processes and techniques from these three disparate areas allows for highly compact, low-power sensors with exceptional sensitivity and stability. We will discuss in detail several important ongoing activities in our laboratory including recent advances in alkali cell fabrication and new physics package designs for chip-scale atomic clocks and magnetometers. Finally, we discuss opportunities related to the coupling of resonant, magnetic microstructures to atoms for highly compact, low power sensor applications.
Proceedings Title
Proc. 2006 Solid-State Sensors, Actuators, and Microsystems Workshop
Conference Dates
June 4-6, 2006
Conference Location
Hilton Head Island, SC


chip-scale atomic clock, coherent population trapping, frequency reference, MEMS, micromachining


Kitching, J. , Knappe, S. , Schwindt, P. , Wang, Y. , Robinson, H. , Hollberg, L. , Liew, L. , Moreland, J. , Brannon, A. , Breitbarth, J. , Lindseth, B. , Popovic, Z. , Shah, V. , Gerginov, V. and Eardley, M. (2006), Chip-Scale Atomic Devices, Proc. 2006 Solid-State Sensors, Actuators, and Microsystems Workshop, Hilton Head Island, SC, [online], (Accessed May 30, 2024)


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Created June 4, 2006, Updated February 17, 2017