Research Project Title:
3D Printed Gas Cell for Chip-Scale Molecular Clock
abstract:In recent years, it has become almost a convention for electronic oscillators to use high-Q quartz crystal and MEMS resonators. However, this method is not as perfect as it seems. One downside of the quartz crystal/MEMS oscillators is that they have large sample-to-sample variability and susceptibility to environmental changes. One alternate solution would be to use the atomic clock, which is extra stable. Prof. Han's group has been developing chip-scale molecular clocks. I will investigate using various methods including 3D printing technologies, such as Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) and Stereolithography Apparatus (SLA) with metal electroplating, to help build this project.
As a senior student preparing for applying for Ph.D. in the field of EE, I hope to learn more and strengthen my EE skills through this project in my fourth year. This project caught my interest because it contains various skills including 3D printing that I believe are both interesting and useful. As a student focusing on both physics and EECS, I believe I will make the most use out of this project.