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

Published: October 05, 2008

Author(s)

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

Abstract

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
Pub Type: Conferences

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Keywords

chip-scale atomic device, atomic clock, magnetometer, gyroscope, microelectromachanical systems
Created October 05, 2008, Updated February 19, 2017