Optical frequency combs in space: ready for take-off


Join the audience for a live webinar at 3 p.m. BST/4 p.m. CEST/10 a.m. EDT on 6 July 2023 looking at bringing ultimate precision to space by qualifying the optical frequency comb for in-orbit operation

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Optical frequency comb technology and its capability to directly measure and convert optical frequencies has revolutionized the field of high-precision metrology. While it is enabling novel technologies such as optical clocks and quantum applications, the demand is growing to exploit these technologies in space missions. To meet the requirements set by the harsh space environment, Menlo Systems has developed the Space Comb, with low size, weight and power (SWAP) characteristics, with high robustness against shock and vibration, radiation-tolerant components, standardized interfaces and autonomous operation.

In this webinar, we will illuminate the technology of optical frequency combs and the path to a space qualified product, including precursor missions on sounding rockets. We will walk you through the characterization of the system and stress the crucial aspects of its development for space-readiness. The designated application of the Space Comb in the COMPASSO project of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) will be presented, with the aim to enhance the precision performance of global navigation satellite systems (GNSS). Finally, we will give an overview over the potential landscape of future space applications for optical frequency combs.

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Frederik Böhle joined Menlo Systems in 2017, working as a project manager on the development of space-qualified optical frequency combs.

Matthias Lezius joined Menlo Systems in November 2010, and was senior scientist from 2010–2019. Since 2019 he has been group manager development and custom projects (solutions for space).

Benjamin Sprenger joined Menlo Systems in June 2015, and was sales engineer for frequency combs and optical reference systems from 2015–2019. Since 2020 he has been regional manager in Berlin and quantum technology and metrology expert.

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