Minig: a compact multi-axis atom interferometer

Gravimeters using atom interferometry have been successfully applied for metrology, geology, mineral exploration, and other applications. Miniature atom interferometers with the ability of multi-axis sensing would open up applications in inertial navigation, such as aviation, robotic aircraft, and other emerging technologies. However, state-of-the-art atom interferometers are too complicated to operate in a miniature package.

We are developing an extremely simple, compact atom interferometer that will sense a full inertial base with 3 axes of accelerations and 3 axes of rotations. With a simple and rugged design and low power consumption, it will be able to transport our minig from the well-controlled laboratory to real world applications.

Team members

Xuejian Wu

Zachary Pagel

Bola Malek

Jordan Dubley

Philip Canoza

Past Team menbers

Fei Zi

Ryan J. Bilotta

Publications

  1. Multiaxis atom interferometry with a single-diode laser and a pyramidal magneto-optical trap. Xuejian Wu, Fei Zi, Jordan Dudley, Ryan J. Bilotta, Philip Canoza, and Holger Müller, Optica 4(12),1545-1551 (2017) and arXiv:1707.08693.