Atom Interferometry techniques to produce a working gravity gradiometer for applications outside of the lab

Lead Research Organisation: University of Birmingham
Department Name: School of Physics and Astronomy

Abstract

Research will be conducted into the use of Atom Interferometry techniques to produce a working gravity gradiometer for applications outside of the lab. Conventional gravity survey techniques have reached a plateau in sensitivity. Quantum physics offers a step change in sensitivity of gravity and gravity gradient measurements. However, to be useful in real-world applications, this technology must be developed further to be robust enough for use outside of the laboratory. The aim of this research is to advance the component technologies involved in atom interferometry. This is to produce portable gravimeters with appropriate size, weight and power consumption while maintaining high sensitivity.

Publications

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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/N509590/1 01/10/2016 30/09/2021
1820842 Studentship EP/N509590/1 01/10/2016 31/03/2020 Luuk Earl
 
Description Designs and concepts produced in the project have adopted by collaborators in order to produce sensors which are intended as a comercial product.
Sector Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology
Impact Types Economic

 
Description BAE QT workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Took part in workshop and round-table discussions about how our research could benefit BAE and the future landscape of QT research in the UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Cheltenham Science festival exhibition 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Presented demonstartion of research at a general public engagement event. Some school groups came around. Part of the "Quantum City" stall.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Exhibiting at BP for quantum outreach event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Exhibited a stand at an event run by BP. This involved speaking to industry, academics, politicians and stakeholders about our research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Exhibiting at New Scientist Live as part of the BT stand 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Attendance at a large exhibition (~30,000 attendees) to present the research underway as part of the QT hub. Discussed with members of the public, other researchers and professionals about the research themes and possible future impacts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Pint of Science 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Exhibited at Pint of Science evening, an event run in Birmingham, displaying and discussing aspects of our reasearch and it's applications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation at YAO conference 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Gave a 20 minute presentation of research at a conference for PhD students internationally. Also participated in the conference generally for a week.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Quantum Technology Hub Exhibition 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Exhibited at the Quantum Technology Hubs Exibition. The main audience were other researchers and industry collaborators.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Royal Institution Summer Of Science Exhibition 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Demonstration of research at the Royal Institution Summer of Science event, along with a talk from Kai Bongs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019