Stuttgart 2012 – wissenschaftliches Programm

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Q: Fachverband Quantenoptik und Photonik

Q 34: Poster 1

Q 34.65: Poster

Dienstag, 13. März 2012, 16:30–19:00, Poster.I+II

MAIUS - a rocket-borne atom-optical experiment — •André Kubelka1, Sven Herrmann1, and the QUANTUS Team1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,91ZARM, Universität Bremen — 2Institut für Quantenoptik, LU Hannover — 3Institut für Physik, HU Berlin — 4Institut für Laserphysik, Universität Hamburg — 5Institut für Quantenphysik, Universität Ulm — 6Institut für angewandte Physik, TU Darmstadt — 7MUARC, University of Birmingham, UK — 8FBH, Berlin — 9DLR R-Y, Bremen

MAIUS will be an atom-optical experiment that will show the feasibility of experiments with ultra-cold quantum gases in microgravity in a sounding rocket. The MAIUS setup will be able to produce a sample of ultra-cold atoms on-board a sounding rocket of the type VSB-30 launched at Esrange, Sweden. It is designed to create a Bose-Einstein-Condensate of 105 87Rb-atoms in less than 5 s and observe its evolution over periods on the order of a few seconds. Additionally it will be possible to probe the properties of the sample using atom interferometric techniques. The laser fields and magnetic fields used for trapping and manipulating the atoms will be created by special hardware designed with the requirements of a rocket mission in robustness, miniaturization and power usage in mind. Special attention is thereby also spent on the appropriate magnetic shielding from varying magnetic fields during the rocket flight.

The QUANTUS project is supported by the German Space Agency DLR with funds provided by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) under grant number DLR 50 WM 1135.

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