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Now You See It: Electromagnetically Induced Transparency in a Silicon Nitride Optomechanical Crystal
Release Date: 04/09/2014

Researchers from the  NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) have observed electromagnetically induced transparency at room … more

Mode Competition in Phonon Laser
Release Date: 11/19/2013

Mode competition in a “phonon laser." A pump power exceeding the threshold level for oscillation of the mechanical modes pictured in the upper … more

High-Efficiency Photon Source Brings Day of Reckoning Closer for a Famous Quantum Test
Release Date: 06/25/2013

Physicists working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) are edging ever closer to … more

Closing the Last Loophole for Photons
Release Date: 06/03/2013

Top: The TES package contains the sensor (about one-fourth the width of a human hair) at the center of the circular section. Bottom: A wafer with … more

Novel Metamaterial 'Flat Lens' Creates 3D Images in Free Space
Release Date: 05/28/2013

Scientists working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated for the first time a new type of lens that bends … more

The Better to See You With: Scientists Build Record-Setting Metamaterial Flat Lens
Release Date: 05/23/2013

For the first time, scientists working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a new type of lens that … more

Light Dynamics in a Quantum Dot
Release Date: 04/03/2013

Plots of photon arrival times at each of two detectors show that the emission of only one photon following an excitation pulse is less likely than … more

MOBY calibration
Release Date: 04/03/2013

Seen from the base of the MOBY spar, researchers work on the the facility. MOBY is deployed in clear waters about 1200 meters deep, far enough … more

High Efficiency Single Photon Detector
Release Date: 02/19/2013

Francesco Marsili at the SPD experiment. The metal cylinder at top left is the device's cryogenic enclosure. A single photon may not seem like … more

Photonic Thermometers
Release Date: 11/28/2012

Click here for animation of how the ring resonator is used as a photonic thermometer. For nearly a century, the instrument of choice for accurate … more

Light Touch Keeps a Grip on Delicate Nanoparticles
Release Date: 05/02/2012

Using a refined technique for trapping and manipulating nanoparticles, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) … more

Future 'Comb on a Chip': NIST's Compact Frequency Comb Could Go Places
Release Date: 10/25/2011

Laser frequency combs—extraordinarily precise tools for measuring frequencies (or colors) of light—have helped propel advances in timekeeping, … more

NIST Demonstrates First Quantum 'Entanglement' of Ions Using Microwaves
Release Date: 08/16/2011

Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have, for the first time, linked the quantum properties of two separated … more

NIST Physicists 'Entangle' Two Atoms Using Microwaves for the First Time
Release Date: 08/10/2011

New Approach Harnesses Mature Electronics to Simplify Ion-trap Quantum Computers BOULDER, Colo. – Physicists at the National Institute of … more

New Calculations on Blackbody Energy Set the Stage for Clocks with Unprecedented Accuracy
Release Date: 05/06/2011

A team of physicists from the United States and Russia announced today* that it has developed a means for computing, with unprecedented accuracy, … more

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