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Key Ingredient: Change in Material Boosts Prospects of Ultrafast Single-photon Detector
Release Date: 06/30/2011

By swapping one superconducting material for another, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have found a … more

First Demonstration of 'Spin-Orbit Coupling' in Ultracold Atomic Gases
Release Date: 03/15/2011

Physicists at the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) have for the first time caused a gas of atoms to exhibit an important quantum phenomenon known as … more

Etched Quantum Dots Shape Up as Single Photon Emitters, NIST Tests Show
Release Date: 02/22/2011

Like snowflakes or fingerprints, no two quantum dots are identical. But a new etching method for shaping and positioning these semiconductor … more

NIST Advances Single Photon Management for Quantum Computers
Release Date: 01/19/2011

The quantum computers of tomorrow might use photons, or particles of light, to move around the data they need to make calculations, but photons … more

This Little Light of Mine: Changing the Color of Single Photons Emitted by Quantum Dots
Release Date: 10/13/2010

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated* for the first time the conversion of near-infrared … more

NIST Researchers Create 'Quantum Cats' Made of Light
Release Date: 08/31/2010

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have created "quantum cats" made of photons (particles of light), … more

NIST Detector Counts Photons With 99 Percent Efficiency
Release Date: 04/13/2010

Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed* the world's most efficient single photon detector, which … more

Stacking the Deck: Single Photons Observed at Seemingly Faster-than-Light Speeds
Release Date: 01/26/2010

(Top) A single photon travels through alternating layers of low (blue) and high (green) refractive index material more slowly (top) or quickly … more

Everlasting Quantum Wave: NIST Physicists Predict New Form of Soliton in Ultracold Gases
Release Date: 12/15/2009

Solitary waves that run a long distance without losing their shape or dying out are a special class of waves called solitons. These everlasting … more

NIST Physicists Turn to Radio Dial for Finer Atomic Matchmaking
Release Date: 10/20/2009

Investigating mysterious data in ultracold gases of rubidium atoms, scientists at the Joint Quantum Institute of the National Institute of … more

Light Touch: Controlling the Behavior of Quantum Dots
Release Date: 08/19/2008

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI), a collaborative center of the … more

Loopy Photons Clarify ’Spookiness‘ of Quantum Physics
Release Date: 03/18/2008

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Joint Quantum Institute (NIST/University of Maryland) have … more

‘Dead Time’ Limits Quantum Cryptography Speeds
Release Date: 09/27/2007

Quantum cryptography is potentially the most secure method of sending encrypted information, but does it have a speed limit? According to a new … more

Two NIST Researchers Earn Presidential Honors
Release Date: 08/03/2006

The White House has announced that two researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are among the 56 recipients of the … more

NIST Photon Detectors Have Record Efficiency
Release Date: 06/02/2005

Sensors that detect and count single photons, the smallest quantities of light, with 88 percent efficiency have been demonstrated by physicists at … more

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