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EPSRC Reference: EP/R024111/1
Title: OPTAMOT: Optimised Designs for Additively Manufactured Magneto Optical Traps
Principal Investigator: Hackermueller, Dr L
Other Investigators:
Sims, Mr DD Fromhold, Professor TM Moriarty, Professor PJ
Campion, Dr RP
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Department: Sch of Physics & Astronomy
Organisation: University of Nottingham
Scheme: Technology Programme
Starts: 01 September 2017 Ends: 31 August 2018 Value (£): 102,790
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The research team will undertake an iterative design activity, combining our Magneto Optical Trap (MOT) design and optimization experience with that of the Quantum Technology (QT) group at the University of Sussex and with the Design for Additive Manufacture (DfAM) capabilities at Added Scientific Ltd (ASL), a leading organisation in Additive Manufacturing Research.

In support of the above the following specific research activities will be undertaken:

- Prof Moriarty and Dr Campion will undertake characterization studies of the AM material in Ultra High Vacuum (UHV) environments via mass spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy methods to establish surface and out-gassing characteristics of the AM material in UHV environments at both elevated and cryogenic temperatures.

- Dr Hackermuller and Prof Fromhold will, in parallel with University of Sussex researchers, provide support across a number of iterative design, manufacture and test cycles producing ever more complex MOT assemblies that demonstrate integration of MOT magnetic field functions and other enabling functions including diffraction gratings, optical access

windows, cooling channels and weight reduction voids. Tasks will include Inverse method modelling and optimization with electromagnetics, optical element integration and test of prototypes.

- Mr Sims will contribute to the Systems Engineering and Market Studies activity of the project, working in partnership with ASL engineering and marketing staff.

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