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An optical distribution board for atom quantum experiments in space (a numerical analysis)
Author(s): I. Drougkakis; K. G. Mavrakis; K. Poulios; G. Vasilakis; D. G. Papazoglou; W. von Klitzing

Paper Abstract

We present the theoretical analysis of a novel optical beam steering technique (OBST) for fiber to free-space to fiber coupling schemes on optical breadboards. This technique uses glass wedges and plates to correct misalignments in the position and angle of beams on the breadboard. It can be used in any application where stable and robust coupling of light from an input to an output fiber is required, such as laser distribution boards for cold atom experiments in space. We examine the optical performance in terms of coupling efficiency (CE) for a number of different OBST systems and compare the results. Coupling efficiencies above 95% and positional and angular resolution of smaller than 5 μm and 5 μrad can be achieved using this technology.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 July 2019
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 11180, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2018, 1118081 (12 July 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2536208
Show Author Affiliations
I. Drougkakis, Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (Greece)
Univ. of Crete (Greece)
K. G. Mavrakis, Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (Greece)
K. Poulios, Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (Greece)
Univ. of Nottingham (United Kingdom)
G. Vasilakis, Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (Greece)
D. G. Papazoglou, Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (Greece)
Univ. of Crete (Greece)
W. von Klitzing, Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (Greece)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11180:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2018
Zoran Sodnik; Nikos Karafolas; Bruno Cugny, Editor(s)

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