Designing atom interferometry schemes for the Cold Atom Lab on the International Space Station

Designing atom interferometry schemes for the Cold Atom Lab on the International Space Station

Designing atom interferometry schemes for the Cold Atom Lab on the International Space Station

Date

November 17, 2016 -
1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location

Howey N110

Affiliation

Georgia Southern University

School of Physics AMO Seminar: Prof. Mark Edwards, Georgia Southern University

In 2017 NASA is scheduled to deploy the Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL) experiment to the International Space Station (ISS). This experiment is designed to be capable of trapping and cooling gases of 87RB, and 40 and 41 K and their mixtures using atom-chip technology.  In this talk I will describe some of the tools we have developed for designing different possible atom-interferometry (AI) sequences that could be implemented in the CAL.  I will also discuss some designs of AI schemes aimed taking advantages of the microgravity aboard the ISS to perform a precision measurement of Big G.  I will also mention some of the challenges in coming up 

with a viable design.