Enabling the mass production of a chip-scale laser cooling platform

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A low-cost, mass-producible laser-cooling platform would have a transformative effect in the burgeoning field of quantum technologies and the wider research of atomic sensors. Recent advancements in the micro-fabrication of diffractive optics and vacuum apparatus have paved the way for a simple, stackable solution to the laser cooling of alkali atoms. In this paper we will highlight our recent investigations into a chip-scale, cold-atom platform, outlining our approach for on-chip wavelength referencing, examining a solution for imaging atoms in a planar stacked device, and finally discussing the limitations to passively pumped vacuum longevity. These results will be discussed in the context of an outlined road-map for the production and commercialisation of chip-scale, cold-atom sensors.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings Volume 11881, Quantum Technology, Driving Commercialisation of an Enabling Science II
EditorsMiles J. Padgett, Kai Bongs, Alessandro Fedrizzi, Alberto Politi
Place of PublicationBellingham, Washington
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781510646070
Publication statusPublished - 6 Oct 2021
EventSPIE Photonex and Vacuum Expo 2021 - Scottish Event Campus, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 28 Sept 202130 Sept 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceSPIE Photonex and Vacuum Expo 2021
Abbreviated titlePhotonex 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • MEMS
  • cold-atom
  • atomic-clock
  • metrology
  • chip-scale
  • micro-fabrication
  • wavelength-reference


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