NIST logo
Bookmark and Share

Quantum Devices Group


The Quantum Devices Group, part of NIST's Physical Measurement Laboratory, and the Quantum Electronics and Photonics Division, advances measurement science in a variety of fields using state-of-the-art science and technology, especially:

  • quantum effects, including superconductivity
  • low temperatures to reduce thermal noise
  • state-of-the-art lithography to achieve small sizes.
Major activities of the Group include:
  • Josephson array voltage standards, the most complex superconducting integrated circuits in actual use
  • a new temperature standard, based on precision measurement of Johnson (thermal) noise
  • new x-ray and gamma-ray spectrometers, combining the best features of two different earlier devices, now being licensed for commercialization
  • fully multiplexed arrays of ultra-sensitive microcalorimeters and microbolometers for astronomical observation
  • understanding the physics and technology of quantum computing based on current-biased superconducting Josephson junctions
Located at the base of the Flatiron mountains in Boulder, Colorado, the Group draws heavily on its optical and electron beam fabrication capabilities as well as those for creating micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS).

Quantum Processing—Quantum coherent materials have become important in magnetic sensors as well as information processing technology. For magnetic sensors, spin-based transport in metals and across tunnel barriers is …

Boulder MicroFabrication Facility—The Boulder MicroFabrication Facility (BMF) is an 18,000 square feet class 100 clean room located in the new Precision Measurement Laboratory. The Facility provides state-of-the-art microelectronic …

Quantum Sensors—The Quantum Sensors Project develops sensors based on quantum phenomena for spectroscopy, imaging, and other precision measurements for wavelengths from dc through gamma rays. We integrate these …

Quantum Voltage System Project—This project is developing new standards using Josephson junctions, superconductor-based devices whose quantum behavior makes them perfect frequency-to-voltage converters. Project scientists …

Advanced Microwave Photonics—America's future prosperity and security may rely in part on the exotic properties of quantum mechanics. Research on quantum information (QI) seeks to control and exploit these properties, and …


David Rudman, Group Leader
303-497-5081 Telephone

Maureen Teichmann, Office Manager
303-497-6100 Telephone

Judy Beaudry, Office Manager
303-497-5810 Telephone

325 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80305-3328

Quantum Devices Group Staff Directory