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Chip-scale atomic devices: precision atomic instruments based on MEMS



John E. Kitching, Svenja A. Knappe, Vladislav Gerginov, Vishal Shah, Peter D. Schwindt, Brad Lindseth, Elizabeth A. Donley, Ying-ju Wang, Eleanor Hodby, Matt Eardley, Ricardo Jimenez Martinez, William C. Griffith, Andrew Geraci, Jan Preusser, Tara C. Liebisch, Hugh Robinson, Leo Hollberg


We describe recent work at NIST to develop compact, low-power instruments based on a combination of precision atomic spectroscopy, advanced diode lasers and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). Designed to be fabricated in parallel in large numbers, these "chip-scale" atomic devices may eventually impact a wide range of applications, from the global positioning system to magnetic resonance imaging and inertial navigation.
Proceedings Title
Proc. 2008 Symposium on Frequency Standards and Metrology
Conference Dates
December 1-4, 2008
Conference Location
Pacific Grove, CO


chip-scale atomic device, atomic clock, magnetometer, gyroscope, microelectromachanical systems


Kitching, J. , Knappe, S. , Gerginov, V. , Shah, V. , Schwindt, P. , Lindseth, B. , Donley, E. , Wang, Y. , Hodby, E. , Eardley, M. , Jimenez, R. , Griffith, W. , Geraci, A. , Preusser, J. , Liebisch, T. , Robinson, H. and Hollberg, L. (2008), Chip-scale atomic devices: precision atomic instruments based on MEMS, Proc. 2008 Symposium on Frequency Standards and Metrology, Pacific Grove, CO, [online], (Accessed July 20, 2024)


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Created October 5, 2008, Updated February 19, 2017