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Engineering Ultra-cold Quantum Technologies

Event Details

Event Dates: 

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 11:00am

Seminar Location: 

  • JILA X325

Speaker Name(s): 

Matt Himsworth
Seminar Type/Subject

Scientific Seminar Type: 

  • JILA Public Seminar

Event Details & Abstract: 

There will be a second quantum technology revolution in the coming decade in which the weirder aspects of quantum physics, such as entanglement, superposition and matter-waves, are used for practical applications beyond the laboratory. These may include communication, navigation, geo-specting, defence, environmental monitoring, medical imaging, computing and even archaeology. To achieve this we must overcome the current hurdle of ‘chip-in-a-lab’ components to produce integrated and robust ‘lab-in-a-chip’ systems. Commercial pressure will always drive development to reduce size, weight and power and therefore there is a large amount of engineering required to miniaturise current laboratory infrastructure. Our group’s approach is to explore materials and processes developed in the microfabrication industry and adapt them to the roles of cold atom and ion systems. We constrain ourselves to methods which can be used for wafer level  mass-production instead of bespoke demonstrations.  This talk will focus on our efforts to develop a microliter magneto-optical trap including vacuum systems, optics, and atom sources which passively maintain ultrahigh vacuum for several years.