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I.C.E.: a transportable atomic inertial sensor for test in microgravity
Author(s): R. A. Nyman; G. Varoquaux; J.-F. Clement; P. Bouyer; G. Santarelli; F. Pereira Dos Santos; A. Clairon; A. Landragin; D. Chambon; F. Lienhart; S. Boussen; A. Bresson

Paper Abstract

We present our the construction of an atom interferometer for inertial sensing in microgravity, as part of the I.C.E. (Interferometrie Coherente pour l’Espace) collaboration. On-board laser systems have been developed based on fibre-optic components, which are insensitive to mechanical vibrations and acoustic noise, have sub-MHz linewidth, and remain frequency stabilised for weeks at a time. A compact, transportable vacuum system has been built, and used for laser cooling and magneto-optical trapping. We will use a mixture of quantum degenerate gases, bosonic 87Rb and fermionic 40K, in order to find the optimal conditions for precision and sensitivity of inertial measurements. Microgravity will be realised in parabolic flights lasting up to 20s in an Airbus.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 November 2017
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 10567, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2006, 105672Z (21 November 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2308089
Show Author Affiliations
R. A. Nyman, Univ. Paris Sud (France)
G. Varoquaux, Univ. Paris Sud (France)
J.-F. Clement, Univ. Paris Sud (France)
P. Bouyer, Univ. Paris Sud (France)
G. Santarelli, Observatoire de Paris (France)
F. Pereira Dos Santos, Observatoire de Paris (France)
A. Clairon, Observatoire de Paris (France)
A. Landragin, Observatoire de Paris (France)
D. Chambon, ONERA (France)
F. Lienhart, ONERA (France)
S. Boussen, ONERA (France)
A. Bresson, ONERA (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10567:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2006
Errico Armandillo; Josiane Costeraste; Nikos Karafolas, Editor(s)

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