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Progress on a Portable Rubidium Fountain Frequency Standard



Paul D. Kunz, Thomas P. Heavner, Steven R. Jefferts


We are developing a transportable laser-cooled rubidium (Rb) atomic fountain frequency standard. We have a complete optical package, and have recently shown cooled, launched, and detected atoms. Additionally, a new physics package has been designed and is currently under construction. Here we describe the recent progress made on this project, including the refinements to our optical package and its evaluation, and our design choices for the physics package.
Proceedings Title
Proc. 2009 PTTI Mtg.
Conference Dates
November 16-19, 2009
Conference Location
Santa Ana Pueblo, NM


atomic fountain, laser cooling


Kunz, P. , Heavner, T. and Jefferts, S. (2009), Progress on a Portable Rubidium Fountain Frequency Standard, Proc. 2009 PTTI Mtg., Santa Ana Pueblo, NM, [online], (Accessed April 15, 2024)
Created November 16, 2009, Updated February 19, 2017