Welcome to iSense
iSense is a collaborative project funded under the FET-Open Scheme of the European Commission (EC GA 250072). iSense brings together the University of Birmingham, the University of Hamburg, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, the University of Florence, the Leibniz University Hannover, the Institute for quantum optics and quantum information - Austrian Academy of Sciences, the Ferdinand-Braun-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik im Forschungsverbung Berlin e.V. and the University of Nottingham.
The iSense project aims to bring the latest developments in ultracold atom science to practical applications by developing the technology that will turn laboratory-based instrumentation into portable and robust instruments and sensors. One most attractive application of such instruments would be to create a very compact, highly sensitive gravimeter, which is one long term goal of the Project.
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News: iSense members exhibit 87Rb MOT in Lithuania
[Nov 2013] Members of the iSense team have successfully demonstrated a Magneto Optical Trap (MOT) of 87Rb atoms at the ICT2013 conference in Vilnius, Lithuania. http://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/ict-2013
This is a great way to show that Cold Atom experiments are able to be more compact and portable than ever before, the main goal of the iSense project.
The device on display was constructed at the University of Birmingham in a matter of months, shipped to Vilnius in a single box and is now up and running in a busy exhibition environment.
The achievement has already been recognised by the VP of the European Commission.
News: 87Rb MOT in iSense Chamber
[Sept 2013] An 87Rb MOT has been achieved in the iSense vacuum chamber at Birmingham, utilising components from all of the collaborators.
The MOT is running using lasers from FBH, packaged by UHH, and controlled using the electronics from LUH.
It is a 3D Mirror-MOT configuration which uses reflections from the surface of the atom chip to reduce the number of laser beams required. All magnetic fields are generated inside the chamber using the chip assembly created in Nottingham.