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Single Photonics and Quantum Information
Last Updated Date: 06/26/2015

The smallest unit of light is a “photon”. Generation, manipulation and measurement of light at or near the fundamental limit of a photon can … more

Integrated Near-field Optoelectronic (INFO) Scanning Probe
Last Updated Date: 06/25/2015

Scanning probe technology is an essential tool for measuring nanostructure properties. A major goal in our project is to develop unique probes … more

GaN Nanowire Growth
Last Updated Date: 06/25/2015

GaN nanowires grown by catalyst-free molecular beam epitaxy have the unique property that most nanowires are completely free of crystalline … more

NIST Stars
Last Updated Date: 06/19/2015

NIST Stars is an Innovations in Measurement Science project to create a catalog of stars whose top-of-the-atmosphere spectral flux has an SI … more

Quantum State Manipulation of Ultra-cold Fermionic and Bosonic Atoms
Last Updated Date: 06/19/2015

This theoretical research is done in collaboration with scientists at the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) and the Center for Quantum Information and … more

Nano-Structured Optics and Optical Surface Metrology
Last Updated Date: 06/05/2015

The project focuses on significant metrology challenges that impede the advancement of high-performance optical and photonic systems. We develop, … more

Light-matter Interactions in Semiconductor Nanostructures
Last Updated Date: 06/03/2015

The quantum optics of light interacting with semiconductor-based nanostructures is being studied to extend concepts of entanglement and coherence … more

Quantum information technology and correlated photon radiometry
Last Updated Date: 06/03/2015

We develop methods and devices to further radiometric techniques and quantum information technology. This includes developing and characterizing … more

Realizing Pressure, Temperature, and Length using Optical Interferometry
Last Updated Date: 05/29/2015

This project aims to fundamentally change the methods for realizing and disseminating the SI units of pressure, temperature, and length. The … more

Spectroscopy of Engineered Atoms
Last Updated Date: 05/29/2015

Experiments with atomic systems designed to have features more favorable for improved measurements of atomic properties and constants of nature. more

Multi-Photon Laser Cooling
Last Updated Date: 05/27/2015

Laser cooling of atoms is a powerful and widely used tool in atomic physics. Traditional laser cooling relies primarily on the mechanical effect of … more

Plasma Metrology
Last Updated Date: 05/27/2015

Experimental and computational techniques in support of commercial and scientific uses of plasmas.

Atomic Spectroscopy Data Center
Last Updated Date: 05/27/2015

Critical compilations of atomic energy levels, transition wavelengths, and transition probabilities. Online databases. more

Electron Beam Ion Trap (EBIT) Facility
Last Updated Date: 05/27/2015

The NIST EBIT Facility is used to investigate the science and applications of highly charged ions.

Advanced Microwave Photonics
Last Updated Date: 05/13/2015

America's future prosperity and security may rely in part on the exotic properties of quantum mechanics. Research on quantum information (QI) … more

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