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Joining the Academy
Two PML/Boulder researchers have been inducted into the 2013 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences: David Nesbitt of the Quantum Physics Division, and David Wineland of the Time and Frequency Division. “The Induction Ceremony recognizes the achievement and vitality of today’s most accomplished individuals who together with the Academy will work to advance the greater good,” said Academy Secretary Jerrold Meinwald. “These distinguished men and women are making significant strides in their quest to find solutions to the most pressing scientific, humanistic, and policy challenges of the day.”
Gaitan to Hall of Fame
Gaitan chairs the MEMS Technology Working Group, which publishes its annual MEMS Technology Roadmap by the International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative and the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors, and works in developing industrial consensus for the need of standard measurement protocols for device calibration and testing. These efforts have resulted in the recent publication of the "Standardized Sensor Performance Definitions" terminology document by the MEMS Industry Group and the imminent formation of a new IEEE Standards Committee on device characterization measurement standards.
By the Book
Four scientists from the Quantum Optics Group in the Quantum Measurement Division – group leader Alan Migdall, Sergey Polyakov, Jingyun Fan, and Joshua Bienfang – are the editors of a forthcoming book, Single-Photon Generation and Detection: Physics and Applications, Volume 44 in the series Experimental Methods in the Physical Sciences.
To be published next month by Elsevier's Academic Press, the book “is designed to cover the full range of single photon technology,” Migdall says, “an overview of all the technologies out there for both sources and detectors. We have given enough depth in each so that someone could use this book as guide to the best solution to their single photon application.”
Tom Lucatorto and Albert Parr of the Sensor Science Division served as treatise editors for the volume.
Rocky Mountain High (Impact)
A team from the Time and Frequency Division’s Atomic Devices and Instrumentation Group has received a 2013 [Colorado] Governor's Award for High-Impact Research, which “celebrate the achievements of Colorado's outstanding federal research scientists.”
John Kitching, Svenja Knappe, and Elizabeth Donley (the “NIST Chip-Scale Atomic Device Team”) were honored "for their work in Foundational Technology for their research and development program for ultraminiature devices. Their work brings the precision associated with atomic clocks to a wide range of applications, from time-keeping to magnetometry to medical imaging. The team demonstrates extraordinary scientific leadership, innovation, and people leadership in combining the diverse technical fields of laser physics, atomic physics, and microelectromechnical systems (MEMS) to pioneer new measurement science and technologies.”
Patent Not Pending
U.S. Patent number 8,543,356 – Low cost multi-channel data acquisition system, invented by Alan Migdall and Sergey Polyakov of the Quantum Optics Group, and Sae Woo Nam of the Quantum Electronics and Photonics Group – has been issued and assigned to NIST.
From the patent abstract: “Embodiments of the present invention provide an inexpensive and fast pulse characterization platform capable of real time operation, suitable for acquisition of single-photon data. Embodiments of the present invention include both a digital multi-channel data acquisition instrument and an analog pulse acquisition instrument suitable for a wide range of applications in physics laboratories. An FPGA performs multi-channel acquisition in real time, time stamps single events, and determines if the events fit a predetermined signature, which causes the events to be categorized as a coincidence. The indications of coincidences are then communicated to a host computer for further processing as desired.”
By Invitation Only
A special invited issue of The Bulletin of the Materials Research Society (October 2013) is devoted to “Materials issues for quantum computation.” It features an article titled “Surface science for improved ion traps” and written by researchers from the Time and Frequency Division and the Quantum Electronics and Photonics Division: Dustin Hite, Yves Colombe, Andrew C. Wilson, David Allcock, Dietrich Leibfried, David Wineland, and David Pappas.
Annual NRI Review Completed
The NRI (Nanoelectronics Research Initiative) Annual Review, held October 22 -24 in Rockville, MD, was an upbeat affair, with all three NIST-NRI multi-university research centers presenting exciting new technical results obtained in their first seven months of operation. The Center for NanoFerroic Devices (CNFD) reported advances in magnetoelectric and ferroelectric materials and device structures -- advances toward combining the functions of logic and non-volatile memory in a single low-power device. The Southwest Academy of Nanoelectronics (SWAN) and the Institute for Nanoelectronics Discovery and Exploration (INDEX) reported complimentary advances in graphene materials and device structures -- advances supporting the development of new devices for fast, ultra-low-power digital logic. Another highlight of the review was the Device Performance Benchmarking Workshop, which included a free-wheeling discussion of additional metrics and methodologies for an expanded assessment of exploratory device concepts under both the NRI program and the Semiconductor Research Corporation's new STARnet program. NRI is a consortium of leading semiconductor companies (Globalfoundries, IBM, Intel, Micron, and Texas Instruments) working with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to collaboratively fund university research.
Around the Lab
As of Oct. 1, the new Leader of the Sensor Science Division’s Optical Radiation Group is Cameron Miller, replacing Eric Shirley.
Michael Foss-Feig, a postdoc who splits his time between NIST and the Joint Quantum Institute, is featured in the Autumn 2013 issue of National Academy of Science’s Research Associateship Program newsletter. Recently Foss-Feig won the received the 2013 American Physical Society Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Research in Atomic, Molecular, or Optical Physics.
University of Colorado undergraduate researcher Johnathon Gard, who has been working with the Quantum Devices Group in Boulder in the Professional Research Experience Program, submitted a paper he wrote about his research to an internal CU competition for student work that has been judged “excellent” in the university’s Writing on Science and Society Program. His paper was awarded second place. Says Dave Rudman, leader of the Quantum Devices Group: “If you see Johnathon, congratulate him. The world can use more scientists who can write.”