Measuring the local gravitational field using survival resonances in a dissipatively driven atom-optics system

Chai, Shijie, Fekete, Julia and Andersen, Mikkel F (2018) Measuring the local gravitational field using survival resonances in a dissipatively driven atom-optics system. Physical Review A, 98 (6). 063614 1-9. ISSN 2469-9926

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Abstract

We do a proof-of-principle demonstration of an atomic gravimeter based on survival resonances of dissipatively driven atoms. Exposing laser-cooled atoms to a sequence of near-resonant standing-wave light pulses reveals survival resonances when the standing-wave interference pattern accelerates. The resonant accelerations determine the local gravitational acceleration and we achieve a precision of 5 ppm with a drop distance less than 1 mm. The incisiveness of the resonances scales with the square of the drop time. Present results indicate that an appropriately designed atomic gravimeter based on survival resonances might be able to reach a precision of 1μGal with a 10-cm-high fountain. The relatively simple experimental construction of this technique may be of interest for a compact absolute atomic gravimeter.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences > Physics and Astronomy
Research Centres and Groups: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics Research Group
Depositing User: Julia Fekete
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2019 13:39
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2019 13:40
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/82081

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