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Measurement Techniques for Membranes and Membrane Proteins
Last Updated Date: 08/18/2015

Synthetic cell membrane constructs allow the simplification and complete control of a more complicated cellular system, as well as the … more

Nano-biophotonics for molecular imaging
Last Updated Date: 08/18/2015

Biophotonics is at the intersection of photonics and biology where light is used to image, detect, and manipulate biological materials. This … more

Cold-Atom Devices
Last Updated Date: 08/18/2015

The cooling of atoms to microkelvin temperatures using lasers is currently enabling a new generation of precision instruments that take advantage … more

Last Updated Date: 08/18/2015

The NIST Thermodynamic Metrology Group (TMG) provides critical research into pressure measurement capabilities improving uncertainties in user … more

Reactivity and chaos in collisions of Atoms and Molecules
Last Updated Date: 08/18/2015

Collisions and reactions between atoms and molecules are fundamental to many parts of physics and chemistry. They control, for example, the rate … more

Quantum Many-Body Physics, Quantum Optics, and Quantum Information
Last Updated Date: 08/18/2015

The main long-term goals of our theoretical research group are to understand and control large interacting quantum systems, as well as to design … more

Vapor Cell Devices
Last Updated Date: 08/18/2015

We are developing microfabricated high-performance atomic magnetometers for magnetic anomaly detection, nuclear magnetic resonance and biomagnetics. more

Active Interrogation Standards
Last Updated Date: 08/18/2015

Active interrogation involves directing nuclear radiation into a closed container and measuring secondary radiations to gain information about the … more

NIST-on-a-Chip in the ADI Group
Last Updated Date: 08/18/2015

We are developing core technology tools to enable chip-scale standards that realize a broad range of base and derived SI units in compact, … more

Optical and Microwave Waveform Synthesis
Last Updated Date: 08/18/2015

We use femtosecond-laser frequency combs to generate optical and microwave waveforms with unprecedented noise performance.     more

Air Speed Metrology
Last Updated Date: 08/18/2015

NIST’s versatile wind tunnel is used to calibrate customers’ air speed sensors and to conduct research on the design of novel anemometers, the … more

Support of the Navy Dosimetry Program
Last Updated Date: 08/18/2015

The U.S. Navy uses thermoluminescent dosimeters (TLDs) to monitor personnel for radiation exposure.

Calcium Optical Beam Clock
Last Updated Date: 08/18/2015

A simple, compact alternative to the highest performing optical standards, the Ca clock uses a thermal beam of neutral atoms with one or two … more

Optical Cavities for Laser Stabilization
Last Updated Date: 08/18/2015

Optical cavities are essential elements of optical atomic clocks, as they serve to pre-stabilize the clock laser. Our Group is currently … more

Microresonator Device Research
Last Updated Date: 08/18/2015

With micro-resonators (fabricated in house or by collaborators) we are developing microcombs, integrated reference cavities and low-noise laser … more

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