Introduction to iSense
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.
State-of-the-art ultracold atom experiments have demonstrated an exquisite degree of control over matter. At record-low temperatures, close to absolute zero, it is now possible to harness the quantum nature of matter in order to develop futuristic applications involving delicate sensing or secure communications.
In this context, the goal of iSense is two-fold. First, it develops a set of tools and technologies that can be used as basic blocks to build a robust and portable device based on ultracold atoms. Second, it aims to demonstrate this new technology platform by realising an ultracold-atom-based instrument that is able to measure the gravitational field with a precision comparable to the best commercial instrument, but in a more compact and portable format.
In the future, we hope that iSense will open the door to the integration of ultracold atom technology to fields as diverse as geodesy, mineral prospection, satellite communications, portable atomic clocks, secure quantum communications, and fundamental research.