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A compact and robust diode laser system for atom interferometry on a sounding rocket

Schkolnik, Vladimir and Hellmig, O. and Wenzlawski, A. and Grosse, Jens and Kohfeldt, A. and Wicht, A. and Windpassinger, Patrick and Sengstock, K. and Braxmaier, Claus and Krutzik, Markus and Peters, A. (2016) A compact and robust diode laser system for atom interferometry on a sounding rocket. Applied Physics B - Lasers and Optics. Springer. doi: 10.1007/s00340-016-6490-0. ISSN 0946-2171.

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We present a diode laser system optimized for laser cooling and atom interferometry with ultra-cold rubidium atoms aboard sounding rockets as an important milestone toward space-borne quantum sensors. Design, assembly and qualification of the system, combing micro-integrated distributed feedback (DFB) diode laser modules and free space optical bench technology, is presented in the context of the MAIUS (Matter-wave Interferometry in Microgravity) mission. This laser system, with a volume of 21 l and total mass of 27 kg, passed all qualification tests for operation on sounding rockets and is currently used in the integrated MAIUS flight system producing Bose–Einstein condensates and performing atom interferometry based on Bragg diffraction. The MAIUS payload is being prepared for launch in fall 2016. We further report on a reference laser system, comprising a rubidium stabilized DFB laser, which was operated successfully on the TEXUS 51 mission in April 2015. The system demonstrated a high level of technological maturity by remaining frequency stabilized throughout the mission including the rocket’s boost phase.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/111120/
Document Type:Article
Title:A compact and robust diode laser system for atom interferometry on a sounding rocket
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Schkolnik, VladimirInstitut für Physik, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hellmig, O.Institut für Laserphysik, Universität Hamburg, Hamburg, GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Wenzlawski, A.Institut für Physik, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Mainz, GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Kohfeldt, A.Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Leibniz-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik, Berlin, GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Wicht, A.humboldt univ., berlinUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Windpassinger, Patrickinstitut für laserphysik, universität hamburgUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Sengstock, K.ins. laserphysik, univ. hamburgUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Krutzik, Markushumboldt-universität zu berlinUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Peters, A.Institut für Physik, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:July 2016
Journal or Publication Title:Applied Physics B - Lasers and Optics
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Keywords:diode laser System, atom interferometry; sounding rocket
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:other
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R - no assignment
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - no assignment, R - Boost (old)
Location: Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems > Systems Enabling Technologies
Deposited By: Hüls, Simone
Deposited On:14 Feb 2017 09:35
Last Modified:06 Sep 2019 15:23

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