Utilising diffractive optics towards a compact, cold atom clock

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution book

1 Citation (Scopus)
80 Downloads (Pure)


Laser cooled atomic samples have resulted in profound advances in precision metrology [1], however the technology is typically complex and bulky. In recent publications we described a micro-fabricated optical element, that greatly facilitates miniaturisation of ultra-cold atom technology [2], [3], [4], [5]. Portable devices should be feasible with accuracy vastly exceeding that of equivalent room-temperature technology, with a minimal footprint. These laser cooled samples are ideal for atomic clocks. Here we will discuss the implementation of our micro-fabricated diffractive optics towards building a robust, compact cold atom clock.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuropean Frequency and Time Forum (EFTF), 2016
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ.
Number of pages2
ISBN (Print)9781509007202
Publication statusPublished - 26 Apr 2016
EventEuropean Frequency and Time Forum (2016) - University of York, York, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Apr 20167 Apr 2016


ConferenceEuropean Frequency and Time Forum (2016)
Abbreviated titleEFTF 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Internet address


  • quantum technology
  • laser cooling
  • coherent population trapping
  • diffractive optics
  • gratings
  • clocks
  • atomic beams
  • laser beams
  • charge carrier processes
  • atom optics
  • atomic measurements


Dive into the research topics of 'Utilising diffractive optics towards a compact, cold atom clock'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this