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Continuous cold atom inertial sensor with 1 nrad.s^-1 rotation stability (Conference Presentation)
Author(s): Remi Geiger; Indranil Dutta; Denis Savoie; Bess Fang; Carlos Guarrido Alzar; Bertrand Venon; Arnaud Landragin

Paper Abstract

We report the first operation of a cold atom inertial sensor without dead time. Dead times in conventional cold atom interferometers originate from the preparation of a cold atom source prior to its injection in the interferometer and where information on inertial signals is lost. We use a sequence where we simultaneously prepare a cold atom source and operate a light pulse atom interferometer to circumvent the dead time limitation. Therefore the sensor continuously captures all the dynamics with respect to an inertial frame. We show that the continuous operation does not degrade the sensitivity and stability of the atom interferometer, by demonstrating a rotation sensitivity level of less than 1 nrad/s after 10 000 s of integration time. Such a sensitivity level improves previous results by more than an order of magnitude and opens applications of cold atom gyroscopes in inertial navigation and geophysics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 August 2016
PDF: 1 pages
Proc. SPIE 9900, Quantum Optics, 990005 (3 August 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2228533
Show Author Affiliations
Remi Geiger, Observatoire de Paris (France)
Indranil Dutta, Observatoire de Paris (France)
Denis Savoie, Observatoire de Paris (France)
Bess Fang, Observatoire de Paris (France)
Carlos Guarrido Alzar, Observatoire de paris (France)
Bertrand Venon, Observatoire de Paris (France)
Arnaud Landragin, Observatoire de Paris (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9900:
Quantum Optics
Jürgen Stuhler; Andrew J. Shields, Editor(s)

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