PICAS2: Photonically Integrated Cold-Atom Source and System

Lead Participant: Coldquanta UK Limited


ColdQuanta, Optocap, and Fraunhofer CAP will develop a commercially-available complete high-flux cold atom source system with uniquely low size and cost. The high flux cold atom source is a complex and critical element of cold matter systems used in a variety of applications such as gravity surveying, atomic clocks, magnetic and electric sensors, navigation, and quantum information systems. The lack of a commercial complete source system at a moderate size and price point is a fundamental barrier to the expansion of atomic quantum technology into deployed applications. The small size and low cost of our approach turns the entire source system into a module that can be easily added to, or removed from, a more complex system in a modular manner. This simplifies research and development, aids in system integration, and eases maintenance.

Lead Participant

Project Cost

Grant Offer

Coldquanta UK Limited, Warwick £239,140 £ 143,484


Fraunhofer UK Research Limited, Glasgow, United Kingdom £75,745 £ 75,745
Alter Technology Tuv Nord UK Limited, Livingston £165,389 £ 82,694


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