Background: We are developing optical atomic clocks in my research group. The clocks use precise lasers that are stabilized to the oscillations of atoms. We are interested in making these clocks autonomous and portable, so that they can be used for testing gravitational physics. Project: The project involves (a) designing and testing improved vacuum components to reduce the overall size of the clock, (b) designing and testing miniaturized electronics boards to reduce the size and power consumption of the clock, (c) assisting with the assembly and testing of a portable prototype.
Learning some useful physics skills (laser spectroscopy, vacuum techniques). Developing a systematic analysis of the bottlenecks involved in making the clock more portable. Involvement in the process of assembling and testing a portable prototype.
Python programming, some experience with electronics (preferred), experience building/fixing some kind of hardware (radios/cars/spaceships). Knowledge of basic E&M and quantum mechanics. I am looking for students who can pick up new skills and concepts quickly.
Professor, Department of Physics
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