CST Global Awarded Grant to Develop Miniature Atomic Clocks for HELCATS Project

CST Global in Blantyre, Glasgow, UK will lead the HELCATS, (High-power, phosphorous-based, DFB lasers for cold atom systems) project. The HELCATS project will enable the development of miniaturized atomic clock systems utilizing Strontium ions. Atomic clocks are critical in calculating the position for navigation and defense applications and are also important for powering next-generation, telecommunications.

HELCATS project to be lead by Dr. Olek Kowalski of CST Global

Dr. Olek Kowalski, a research engineer at CST Global will lead the HELCATS project. Olek explained, “Currently, there are no commercially-available, semiconductor lasers developed for use in miniature Strontium Atomic Clock applications. The Strontium atomic clock system we are targeting requires four, phosphorous-based, GaAs DFB laser sources, operating between 690 to 710nm.”

“We will use a low-loss, waveguide approach to enable narrow emission linewidths and photonic integration for on-chip manufacturing of separate DFB and amplifier elements. This design will not only help reduce the size, weight and cost of the quantum clock light sources but also improve reliability and output power. We are expecting a 10,000-fold improvement in accuracy when compared to current systems.”

CST Global to partner with University of Glasgow and National Physical Laboratory on HELCATS project

CST Global is collaborating with academic partner, the University of Glasgow and research partner, the National Physical Laboratory Ltd. on the project. The HELCATS project, which will run from March 2018 to February 2019, will cost a total of £497,574, with government funding of £396,441, of which CST Global will get £151,699.