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PHARAO flight model: optical on ground performance tests
Author(s): T. Lévèque; B. Faure; F. X. Esnault; O. Grosjean; C. Delaroche; D. Massonnet; C. Escande; Ph. Gasc; A. Ratsimandresy; S. Béraud; F. Buffe; P. Torresi; Ph. Larivière; V. Bernard; T. Bomer; S. Thomin; C. Salomon; M. Abgrall; D. Rovera; I. Moric; Ph. Laurent

Paper Abstract

PHARAO (Projet d'Horloge Atomique par Refroidissement d'Atomes en Orbite), which has been developed by CNES, is the first primary frequency standard specially designed for operation in space. PHARAO is the main instrument of the ESA mission ACES (Atomic Clock Ensemble in Space). ACES payload will be installed on-board the International Space Station (ISS) to perform fundamental physics experiments. All the sub-systems of the Flight Model (FM) have now passed the qualification process and the whole FM of the cold cesium clock, PHARAO, is being assembled and will undergo extensive tests. The expected performances in space are frequency accuracy less than 3.10-16 (with a final goal at 10-16) and frequency stability of 10-13 τ-1/2. In this paper, we focus on the laser source performances and the main results on the cold atom manipulation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 November 2017
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 10563, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2014, 105632H (17 November 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2304277
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T. Lévèque, Ctr. National d’Etudes Spatiales (France)
B. Faure, Ctr. National d’Etudes Spatiales (France)
F. X. Esnault, Ctr. National d’Etudes Spatiales (France)
O. Grosjean, Ctr. National d’Etudes Spatiales (France)
C. Delaroche, Ctr. National d’Etudes Spatiales (France)
D. Massonnet, Ctr. National d’Etudes Spatiales (France)
C. Escande, Ctr. National d’Etudes Spatiales (France)
Ph. Gasc, Ctr. National d’Etudes Spatiales (France)
A. Ratsimandresy, Ctr. National d’Etudes Spatiales (France)
S. Béraud, Ctr. National d’Etudes Spatiales (France)
F. Buffe, Ctr. National d’Etudes Spatiales (France)
P. Torresi, Ctr. National d’Etudes Spatiales (France)
Ph. Larivière, Ctr. National d’Etudes Spatiales (France)
V. Bernard, Ctr. National d’Etudes Spatiales (France)
T. Bomer, SODERN (France)
S. Thomin, SODERN (France)
C. Salomon, Lab. Kastler Brossel, CNRS (France)
M. Abgrall, LNE-SYRTE - Observatoire de Paris (France)
D. Rovera, LNE-SYRTE - Observatoire de Paris (France)
I. Moric, LNE-SYRTE - Observatoire de Paris (France)
Ph. Laurent, LNE-SYRTE - Observatoire de Paris (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10563:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2014
Zoran Sodnik; Bruno Cugny; Nikos Karafolas, Editor(s)

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