Engineering Advancement Towards Integrating Rydberg Atom Systems

Quantum-based RF sensors using Rydberg atoms are an emerging technology that asserts great potential and novel capacities for electromagnetic sensing and communications. This core modality’s benefits are exhibited in small form factors, broad tunability across an ultra-wide frequency range, high-sensitivity, and high-selectivity among other benefits in an evolving advantage-space. While there is rapidly rising interest in applying the growing field to real problems and comparing this novel technology to traditional systems, the current technology readiness levels of demonstrated systems lie in a proof-of-concept/research stage largely consisting of large setups on optical tables with free-space optics and simple atom chambers. We will discuss the engineering requirements in pursuit of integrated RF systems and discuss how current progress in other atomic systems can be applied to create robust sensors.