Additive manufacturing of magnetic shielding and ultra-high vacuum flange for cold atom sensors

Jamie Vovrosh, Georgios Voulazeris, Plamen G. Petrov, Ji Zou, Youssef Gaber, Laura Benn, David Woolger, Moataz M. Attallah, Vincent Boyer, Kai Bongs, Michael Holynski*

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Recent advances in the understanding and control of quantum technologies, such as those based on cold atoms, have resulted in devices with extraordinary metrological performance. To realise this potential outside of a lab environment the size, weight and power consumption need to be reduced. Here we demonstrate the use of laser powder bed fusion, an additive manufacturing technique, as a production technique relevant to the manufacture of quantum sensors. As a demonstration we have constructed two key components using additive manufacturing, namely magnetic shielding and vacuum chambers. The initial prototypes for magnetic shields show shielding factors within a factor of 3 of conventional approaches. The vacuum demonstrator device shows that 3D-printed titanium structures are suitable for use as vacuum chambers, with the test system reaching base pressures of 5 ± 0.5 × 10 -10 mbar. These demonstrations show considerable promise for the use of additive manufacturing for cold atom based quantum technologies, in future enabling improved integrated structures, allowing for the reduction in size, weight and assembly complexity.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2023
JournalScientific Reports
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2018


  • Atomic and molecular physics
  • Techniques and instrumentation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General


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