3D-printed components for quantum devices

Saint, Reece and Evans, William and Zhou, Yijia and Barrett, Thomas J. and Fromhold, T.M. and Saleh, Ehab and Maskery, Ian and Tuck, Christopher and Wildman, Ricky D. and Orucevic, Fedja and Krüger, Peter (2018) 3D-printed components for quantum devices. Scientific Reports, 8 . p. 8368. ISSN 2045-2322

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Abstract

Recent advances in the preparation, control and measurement of atomic gases have led to new insights into the quantum world and unprecedented metrological sensitivities, e.g. in measuring gravitational forces and magnetic fields. The full potential of applying such capabilities to areas as diverse as biomedical imaging, non-invasive underground mapping, and GPS-free navigation can only be realised with the scalable production of efficient, robust and portable devices. We introduce additive manufacturing as a production technique of quantum device components with unrivalled design freedom and rapid prototyping. This provides a step change in efficiency, compactness and facilitates systems integration. As a demonstrator we present an ultrahigh vacuum compatible ultracold atom source dissipating less than ten milliwatts of electrical power during field generation to produce large samples of cold rubidium gases. This disruptive technology opens the door to drastically improved integrated structures, which will further reduce size and assembly complexity in scalable series manufacture of bespoke portable quantum devices.

Item Type: Article
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Engineering
University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Physics and Astronomy
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-26455-9
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 30 May 2018 14:33
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2018 09:20
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/51845

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