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Optoelectronic Manufacturing Group


The Optoelectronic Manufacturing Group develops and provides advanced measurement technology, methodology, and test structures to support the efficient manufacture and characterization of optoelectronic components. The Group also develops new photonic devices in support of NIST and other government programs. Two major focus areas are compound semiconductor nanotechnology and quantum information.


Single Photonics and Quantum Information—The smallest unit of light is a “photon”. Generation, manipulation and measurement of light at or near the fundamental limit of a photon can enhance the performance of many optical systems. Remote …

Super-Continuum Laser Solar Simulator—This research leverages a new laser technology, the super-continuum laser, to produce a programmable solar simulator that can rapidly configure to match nearly any solar spectral condition.

Integrated Near-field Optoelectronic (INFO) Scanning Probe—Scanning probe technology is an essential tool for measuring nanostructure properties. A major goal in our project is to develop unique probes that combine several functions simultaneously-optical …

GaN Nanowire Growth—GaN nanowires grown by catalyst-free molecular beam epitaxy have the unique property that most nanowires are completely free of crystalline defects. This perfection is a direct consequence of the …

Metrology and Synthesis of 3D Nanostructures—Nanostructures are a critical component of innovations in electronics, energy conservation, renewable energy, biomedical research, and health care. We develop and demonstrate metrology techniques …

Terahertz Imaging and Sources—Imaging in the terahertz frequency range enables the detection of concealed weapons and other contraband (e.g., explosives under clothing) without the use of ionizing radiation. Spectroscopy in …

Nanostructure Fabrication and Metrology—Single photons are the fundamental particles for all optical measurements. Single photon detectors made from avalanche photodiodes or photomultiplier tubes are commercially available for …

These plots of electric field values indicate how closely the Schrodinger quantum cat states (left) compare with theoretical predictions (right). (Credit: Gerrits/NIST)

Richard Mirin

Mailstop 815.04
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Boulder, CO 80305-3328

Optoelectronic Manufacturing Group Staff Directory