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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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Official URL: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00340-016-6490-0

Abstract

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
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Schkolnik, VladimirInstitut für Physik, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Hellmig, O.Institut für Laserphysik, Universität Hamburg, Hamburg, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Wenzlawski, A.Institut für Physik, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Mainz, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Grosse, Jensjens.grosse (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Kohfeldt, A.Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Leibniz-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik, Berlin, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Wicht, A.humboldt univ., berlinUNSPECIFIED
Windpassinger, Patrickinstitut für laserphysik, universität hamburgUNSPECIFIED
Sengstock, K.ins. laserphysik, univ. hamburgUNSPECIFIED
Braxmaier, Clausclaus.braxmaier (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Krutzik, Markushumboldt-universität zu berlinUNSPECIFIED
Peters, A.Institut für Physik, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Date:July 2016
Journal or Publication Title:Applied Physics B - Lasers and Optics
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.1007/s00340-016-6490-0
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0946-2171
Status:Published
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
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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