Integrated Atom Chip Group, University of Southampton

Integrated Atom Chip Group


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The image above is what we see as a realistically miniaturized cold atom source, and our research involves developing each element.

These include (from right to left in the image):

  • Planar optics to expand and shape laser beams with single robust elements
  • Low power, ideally battery powered, electronics for producing magnetic fields.
  • Impermeable, high strength glass.
  • Silicon chamber structures hermetically bonded to glass and silicon, with passive getter pump coatings.
  • Hybrid Silicon-glass optical tables with patterned atom chips, planar MOT optics (Grating MOT), bonded micro-optics and controllable atom sources. 
  • Detection and control electronics with through-chip vacuum feedthroughs.

Integrated Atom Chip Group, Room 3009, Building 46, University of Southampton, University Road, Southampton, SO17 1BJ, UK
Tel: +44 (0)23 80599343 | Fax: +44 (0)23 8059 2048