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High performance optical cavity for fundamental physics tests in space

Wegehaupt, Timm and Sanjuan, Josep and Abich, Klaus and Gohlke, Martin and Schuldt, Thilo and Braxmaier, Claus (2021) High performance optical cavity for fundamental physics tests in space. 43rd COSPAR Scientific Assembly, 28. Januar - 4. Februar, Sydney, Australien.

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The performance of optical frequency references is crucial for the success of future space missions for fundamental physics tests (BOOST, LISA, STE-QUEST). For the BOOST mission, that aims to search for Lorentz invariance, two optical frequency references based on different technologies will be compared in a low earth orbit. Both frequency references require a fractional frequency stability of 7.4x10^-(14) 1/sqrt(Hz) (in units of square root of power spectral density) at f = 0.18 mHz (equal to orbit period of 5400 s) [1]. Therefore, we developed a lengthbased optical frequency reference by stabilizing a 1064 nm Laser to an optical cavity, based on the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) design [2]. The setup is developed with emphasis to space compatibility and demonstrated a fractional frequency stability of (9+/-3)x10^(-14) 1/sqrt(Hz) at 0.18 mHz, which is at the BOOST requirement level and corresponds to an Allan deviation of 1x10^(-14) at 5400 s [3]. On short timescales below 100 s the Allan deviation is 7.5x10^(-16). We will present an overview of our current work towards a space qualified optical cavity and show a detailed analysis of the different noise sources limiting the frequency stability of our system. [1] N. Gürlebeck et al. "BOOST: A satellite mission to test Lorentz invariance using high-performance optical frequency references", Phys. Rev. D 97, 124051 (2018) [2] S. Webster and P. Gill "Force-insensitive optical cavity", Opt. Lett. 36, 3572-3574 (2011) [3] Josep Sanjuan, Klaus Abich, Martin Gohlke, Andreas Resch, Thilo Schuldt, Timm Wegehaupt, Geoffrey P. Barwood, Patrick Gill, and Claus Braxmaier, "Long-term stable optical cavity for special relativity tests in space," Opt. Express 27, 36206-36220 (2019)

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Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
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Title:High performance optical cavity for fundamental physics tests in space
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Wegehaupt, TimmTimm.Wegehaupt (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Sanjuan, JosepUniversity of FloridaUNSPECIFIED
Abich, KlausKlaus.Abich (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Gohlke, MartinMartin.Gohlke (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Schuldt, Thilothilo.schuldt (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Braxmaier, Clausclaus.braxmaier (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:2 February 2021
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Cavity frequency reference fundamental physics space
Event Title:43rd COSPAR Scientific Assembly
Event Location:Sydney, Australien
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:28. Januar - 4. Februar
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space System Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Space System Technology
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Systems Engineering Optische Systeme (old), R - Systemtechnologien (old)
Location: Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems > Systems Enabling Technologies
Institute of Quantum Technologies > Quantum Metrology
Deposited By: Hamann, Ines
Deposited On:23 Mar 2021 14:26
Last Modified:23 Mar 2021 14:26

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