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CODATA values of the fundamental constants
Last Updated Date: 01/31/2014

Every four years, the Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) issues recommended values of the fundamental physical constants. The … more

Precision Measurement Grants Program
Last Updated Date: 12/05/2013

Since 1970, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded Precision Measurement Grants to faculty members of U.S. … more

Electron Beam Ion Trap (EBIT) Facility
Last Updated Date: 06/06/2013

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

High-Resolution Atomic Spectroscopy
Last Updated Date: 06/06/2013

Accurate measurements of atomic transitions using diffraction grating spectrographs, Fourier transform spectrometers, and laser spectroscopy. more

Atomic Spectroscopy Data Center
Last Updated Date: 06/06/2013

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

Spectroscopy of Engineered Atoms
Last Updated Date: 06/06/2013

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

Plasma Metrology
Last Updated Date: 06/04/2013

Measurement techniques in support of commercial and scientific uses of plasmas.

Technical Highlights Atomic Physics Division
Last Updated Date: 06/04/2013

The strategy of the Atomic Physics Division is to develop and apply atomic physics research methods, and particulary the interaction between atoms … more

Quantum Computation and Simulation with Neutral Atoms
Last Updated Date: 01/29/2013

Quantum information processing seeks to use the features of quantum physics to accomplish otherwise intractable computational tasks. The two main … more

Energy Determination of X-Ray Transition Energies Using the NIST TES Microcalorimeter Detector
Last Updated Date: 10/02/2012

Previous efforts to produce a comprehensive tabulation of atomic x-ray transition energies have been hampered by the fact that a) detectors having … more

Molecular Orbital Structure of Energetic Nitrogen Compounds from X-Ray Emission Spectroscopy
Last Updated Date: 10/02/2012

When chemical compounds of low-Z elements are excited by x-rays, the ionized core states are filled from the valence band. The molecular orbital … more

Novel Sources for Focused-ion Beams
Last Updated Date: 08/14/2012

Focused beams of ions have a wide range of uses, from nanoscale imaging to the fabrication of nanomaterials.  At the CNST, researchers are … more

Micro- and Nano-Mechanical Systems
Last Updated Date: 07/25/2012

Micro- and nano-optomechanical systems are being investigated experimentally to bring these systems toward the quantum limit, study quantum … more

Quantum State Manipulation of Ultra-cold Atoms and Superconducting Devices
Last Updated Date: 07/25/2012

Theory is being developed and exploited for the quantum operation of laser-cooled and Bose condensed atoms as well as superconducting devices, such … more

Applied Quantum Information Science
Last Updated Date: 05/30/2012

Theory is being developed and used to devise methods for preserving and exploiting the quantum behavior of ever-larger systems and finding … more

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