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Cold Atom Lab ready for launch Cold Atom Lab ready for launch!
Published: May 14, 2018
The Cold Atom Lab has been integrated into the Cygnus spacecraft in advance of its May 20th launch from the Wallops Flight Facility.The top image shows the Cold Atom Lab being loaded into the Cygnus spacecraft. The bottom image shows the CAL stowed aboard Cygnus.Click here to see larger image.
Cold Atom Laboratory Science Workshop Cold Atom Laboratory Science Workshop
Published: Dec. 15, 2016
A Cold Atom Laboratory Science Workshop was held in in Bremen Germany to discuss and future collaboration with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the Atomic Physics and Molecular Optic Research Community worldwide. Click here to see an image of the workshop attendees.
Link to JPL News Storyinstrument images The CAL Science Module and Science Instrument are in the final stages of assembly prior to System Test
Published: Sept. 1, 2016
The top image (science module) shows the vacuum chamber installed inside a magnetic shield. The bottom image (science instrument) is the quad locker that contains the electronics, lasers, and science module.
Link to JPL News Story NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists talk about the Cold Atom Laboratory
Published: June 29, 2016
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists talk about the Cold Atom Laboratory set to arrive at the International Space Station in 2017. The facility will conduct experiments at ultra-cold temperatures to test fundamental laws of physics.
Link to JPL News Story The Atom Interferometer enabled flight vacuum assembly has arrived at JPL for system integration and test.
Published: May 19, 2016
This unit will use laser pulses to split and recombine atomic wave packets and to measure the quantum interference of the matter waves. The purpose is to demonstrate the technology and techniques needed for these space-based sensors to probe for dark matter and to test quantum mechanics and Einstein's equivalence principle.
Link to JPL News Story Cold Atom Laboratory Doing Cool Research
Published: Match 17, 2016
The Cold Atom Laboratory will forge "fluffy molecules" and probe the wonders of quantum physics when it launches to the International Space Station next year.
CAL Science Team meets at JPL CAL Science Team Meets at JPL
Published: February 18, 2016
The CAL Science Team meets at JPL for the completion of the flight investigation reviews. Principal Investigator (PI) Dr. Eric Cornell, 2001 Nobel Prize winner in physics, reviewed his teams flight investigation on how Complexity Arises in the Universe. PI Dr. Nic Bigelow reviewed his teams flight investigation on how Atom interferometry Will Pave the Way for Definitive Space-based Tests of Einstein's Theory of General Relativity.
Link to Popular Mechanics article Cosmic Concept: Studying Weird Physics on the Space Station
Published: February 4, 2014
A project launching to the International Space Station in 2016 will take advantage of the microgravity and cold temperatures of orbit to do physics research that wouldn't be possible on Earth.
Link to youtube video ScienceCasts: The Coolest Spot in the Universe
Published: January 30, 2014
NASA researchers plan to create the coldest spot in the known Universe--inside the ISS. The Cold Atom Lab, could discover new forms of matter and novel quantum phenomena. Watch the video.
CAL logo NASA Selects Physical Science Research Proposals for the International Space Station
Date: January 30, 2014
NASA's Physical Science Research Program will fund seven proposals.
CAL image NASA Research Announcement: Research Opportunities in Fundamental Physics
UPDATED: Oct 18, 2013 - Due Date Extended
Release Date: Jul 11, 2013
Nan Yu is the JPL Point of Contact
ISS 2013 logo ISS Research conference
Denver Colorado July 16th to 18th, 2013
Both Dr. Sengupta and Dr. Thompson of the CAL team will be making presentations on the status of CAL.
CAL Test image CAL Test Update
Date: September 21, 2013
Paula Adhikari Readington resident, Paula Adhikari, to intern at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab
Date: June 28, 2013
NASA's Peruvian stars NASA's Peruvian stars
Date: June 26, 2013
NASA's Peruvian stars NASA to turn ISS into coldest spot in the universe
Date: June 26, 2013
University of Maryland logo CAL Workshop
December 17-18, 2012 (Maryland)
Download the "draft" agenda
CAL image A Compact, High-Flux Cold Atom Beam Source (PDF)
NASA Tech Briefs, June 2012
This is a False-Color Image of fluorescence from cesium atoms in the pyramidal magneto-optical trap. Laboratory Apparatus Generates Dual-Species Cold Atomic Beam (PDF)
NASA Tech Briefs, July 2004