Tristan Valenzuela (14:00 — 14:30)

Towards Atom Interferometry in Space

During the past decades Atom Interferometry, as a gravity sensor, is a technology that has been maturing to the point of being demonstrated as mobile devices outside the lab environment. Recently, there has been a few demonstrations in a microgravity environment (in a drop tower or on board of parabolic flights and sounding rockets). The scientific community, both as users of gravity data and fundamental scientists, has demonstrated an interest in the opportunities that a space deployment of the technology could bring. RAL Space is working towards the qualification for space of key components to achieving the goal of successfully deploying Atom Interferometers in space.