gMOT: Scaleable manufacture and evaluation of miniature cold atom traps

Lead Research Organisation: University of Glasgow
Department Name: School of Engineering

Abstract

The gMOT project will play a key role in the UK's strategic programme to bring the remarkable new capabilities of quantum physics out of research labs and into real world applications. Kelvin Nanotechnology, TMD Technologies and the Universities of Strathclyde and Glasgow have teamed up to create the first miniature cold atom trap source for deployable quantum technologies. This will bring together key processes developed by the partners in areas that include diffractive optics design and fabrication, innovative bonding and sealing methods, physics package encapsulation, complex alkali metal vapour filling techniques and performance evaluation methods. Combining these individual technologies into working prototypes units will also enable rigorous testing by industrial users to assess performance, stability and suitability for the next generation of quantum technology systems in a wide variety of industrial applications.

Planned Impact

The potential disruptive nature of Quantum Technology has been recognised by the UK Government through its investment in the area announced in 2013. Through the ongoing translational work in e.g. atomic sensors and metrology it is becoming increasingly clear, that potential commercial devices will share a range of common components or build on shared platforms in areas such as laser sources, optical systems, vacuum technology and control electronics.
Close integration of component development between highly specialised technology providers and academia provide the foundation for the translation of some of the research-based outcomes (e.g. from the Quantum Technology Hubs) to the industrial environment and early adopters. This is also a key component in the strategic development of the UK supply chain, that will ultimately form the basis for a new Quantum Technology industry.
With the present proposal, we seek to build on links with two industrial collaborators with significant expertise relevant for the creation of autonomous and miniaturised vacuum systems for cold-atom based sensor and metrology applications. While the technology will be developed specifically for laser cooling of Rb, and hence aimed at a substantial fraction of both the research market and the expected early commercial applications, it is a generic technology, that readily can be adapted to e.g. other alkali metal or alkaline earth systems. It is therefore anticipated that the impact of the work will extend beyond the immediate applications with significant potential for commercial exploitation to areas such as the basic research environment and space applications.

Publications

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Description Know how for the manufacture of grating magneto optical traps using nano imprint lithography was developed and translated to Kelvin Nanotechnology to allow them to sell products in the quantum technology market.
Exploitation Route There is interest from the companies in developing future products with further joint research programmes.
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Agriculture, Food and Drink,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Electronics,Energy,Environment,Financial Services, and Management Consultancy,Healthcare,Government, Democracy and Justice,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology,Security and Diplomacy,Transport

 
Description The techniques and know how have developed a product which Kelvin Nanotechnology can now sell.
First Year Of Impact 2018
Sector Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Agriculture, Food and Drink,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Electronics,Energy,Environment,Financial Services, and Management Consultancy,Healthcare,Government, Democracy and Justice,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Security and Diplomacy,Transport
Impact Types Economic

 
Description Prof Douglas Paul is a Member of the EPSRC Capital Infrastructure Strategic Advisory Team
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Most of the work has been setting EPSRC policy on capital and infrastructure but also providing input to the UKRI capital roadmap.
URL https://epsrc.ukri.org/research/ourportfolio/themes/researchinfrastructure/strategy/sat/
 
Description Prof Douglas Paul is a Member of the MOD Defence Science Expert Committee
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact As this work is related to UK national security it is not possible to state impacts in the public domain.
 
Description Prof Douglas Paul is a member of the panel undertaking the MOD rf Sensing Review
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact national security review
 
Description Prof Douglas Paul is chairing the MOD Deep Dive Review of Position, Navigation and Timing
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact National security work
 
Description Prof Douglas Paul represented MOD at the Future Position Navigation and Timing Technology Cooperation Programme meeting in the USA
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
Impact national security programme on future position, navigation and timing with UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia
URL https://www.acq.osd.mil/ttcp/
 
Description Bid for new Electron-Beam Lithography Tool
Amount £2,000,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/P030459/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2017 
End 06/2019