The NIST Atomic Devices and Instrumentation (ADI) Group designs, builds, and characterizes innovative miniature atomic instruments and sensors using precision atomic spectroscopy and fabrication techniques traditionally used in the field of microelectronics and micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS).
Work to develop chip-scale atomic clocks, a technology pioneered at NIST between 2001 and 2005, demonstrated an atomic clock physics package with a volume below 10 mm3 running on 75 mW of power. Chip-scale atomic clocks have been commercialized and are beginning to be used in applications ranging from GPS and wireless communications to oil exploration.
Current research is focused on three main areas.
Please visit the links below for more information.
NIST-on-a-Chip in the ADI Group—We are developing core technology tools to enable chip-scale standards that realize a broad range of base and derived SI units in compact, manufacturable packages.
Cold-Atom Devices—The cooling of atoms to microkelvin temperatures using lasers is currently enabling a new generation of precision instruments that take advantage of the long interaction …
Vapor Cell Devices—We are developing microfabricated high-performance atomic magnetometers for magnetic anomaly detection, nuclear magnetic resonance and biomagnetics. The sensors are based on a heated sample of …
Time and Frequency Division
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Mail Stop 847
Boulder, CO 80305-3334
We have regular openings for graduate students and post-docs. Please e-mail John Kitching for more information