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SECAMP - Student Experiments with Cold Atoms on Micro- and Hypergravity Platforms

Grosse, Jens and Laschewski, Philipp and Lockett, Bradley and Zimakowski, Oskar and Elsen, Michael and Warner, Marvin and Wörner, Lisa and Müntinga, H. and Herrmann, Sven and Braxmaier, Claus (2018) SECAMP - Student Experiments with Cold Atoms on Micro- and Hypergravity Platforms. In: Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC. 69th International Astronautical Congress, 01.-05.10.2018, Bremen.

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The QUANTUS consortium started activities to perform atom interferometry on a sounding rocket in the year 2011. Three sounding rocket missions (MAIUS-1 to 3) have been planned to demonstrate Bose-Einstein condensation and atom interferometry with rubidium and potassium atoms. Two different payloads MAIUS-A and MAIUS-B are being designed, qualified and integrated in the time frame from 2011 until 2020. Based on this heritage the “Student Experiments with Cold Atoms for Microgravity Platforms” (SECAMP) project has been started at the University of Bremen. The scope of the project is to design and built a payload for student experiments with cold atoms on multiple micro-gravity and hyper-gravity platforms. The apparatus shall allow the generation of a molasses of Rubidium-87 atoms and observation of the cooled atoms through fluorescence imaging in three perpendicular axes. This will enable detecting the movement of the atoms due to (residual) accelerations once the magneto-optical trap is switched off. As such the setup will form a simple accelerometer. The payload shall be designed to be suitable for operation on hyperbolic flights, the drop tower, sounding rockets and centrifuges allowing the participants to apply for the manifold national and European student programs on these platforms. This talk will give an overview on the current design and the requirements imposed by the different platforms. Moreover the student team and their role in the project will be presented and the current status of the project will be highlighted.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/125916/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:SECAMP - Student Experiments with Cold Atoms on Micro- and Hypergravity Platforms
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Grosse, Jensjens.grosse (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Laschewski, PhilippZARM Uni BremenUNSPECIFIED
Lockett, BradleyZARM Uni BremenUNSPECIFIED
Zimakowski, OskarZARM Uni BremenUNSPECIFIED
Elsen, MichaelMichael.Elsen (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Warner, Marvinmarvin.warner (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Wörner, LisaZARM, Uni BremenUNSPECIFIED
Müntinga, H.ZARM, Univ. BremenUNSPECIFIED
Herrmann, SvenZARM, University of BremenUNSPECIFIED
Braxmaier, Clausclaus.braxmaier (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:October 2018
Journal or Publication Title:Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Sounding rocket, Hyperbolic Flights, Drop Tower, Centrifuge, Cold Atoms, Student Experiment
Event Title:69th International Astronautical Congress
Event Location:Bremen
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:01.-05.10.2018
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Technik für Raumfahrtsysteme
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Systems Engineering Optische Systeme
Location: Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems > Systems Enabling Technologies
Deposited By: Hüls, Simone
Deposited On:15 Jan 2019 12:26
Last Modified:17 Jan 2019 09:41

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