Miniature atomic clocks

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Our developments of miniaturized atomic clocks started in the frame of a CIMENT project (Centre Interuniversitaire en Micro Et Nano Technologies), in collaboration between IMT (Institut de Microtechnique) and EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne). This project was supported by the  CUS (Conférence Universitaire Suisse). Initially coordinated by the Observatoire Cantonal, the project was transferred to the University of Neuchâtel in 2006 at the creation of LTF.
This research line was supported by a project financed by the European Space Agency ESA and by an international research collaboration in the frame of the European 7th Framework Program, in particular in collaboration with three laboratorie of EPFL (SAMLAB, ESPLAB and OPTICS).

Since June 2009 LTF coordinates a project financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation within the new interdisciplinary research programme SINERGIA . Entitled "Miniature atomic clocks and quantum sensors" this project is conducted in collaboration with four research groupd of EPFL (SAMLAB, LMTS, LPM, and LEMA).

photo of a micro-fabricated rubidium vapour cell  

Micro-fabricated rubidium vapour cell (SAMLAB-LTF).