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A Sub-femtosecond Stop Watch for ‘Photon Finish’ Races
Release Date: 03/14/2008

Using a system that can compare the travel times of two photons with sub-femtosecond precision, scientists at the Joint Quantum Institute (a … more

JILA Solves Problem of Quantum Dot ‘Blinking’
Release Date: 01/23/2008

Quantum dots—tiny, intense, tunable sources of colorful light—are illuminating new opportunities in biomedical research, cryptography and other … more

NIST Physicist Receives APS I.I. Rabi Prize
Release Date: 11/09/2006

The American Physical Society (APS) announced last week the selection of National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) physicist Jun Ye, … more

NIST Staff Honored in 2006 Presidential Rank Awards
Release Date: 11/09/2006

Five senior members of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) staff have been honored in the 2006 Presidential Rank Awards. The … more

NIST Physicists Boost 'Entanglement' of Atom Pairs
Release Date: 10/18/2006

The NIST process for "purifying" an unusual property of quantum physics called entanglement involves illuminating two pairs of beryllium ions … more

Joint Quantum Institute Created by University of Maryland, NIST and NSA
Release Date: 09/11/2006

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Today, the University of Maryland (UM), the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and … more

Gold Nanoparticles Prove to Be Hot Stuff
Release Date: 08/31/2006

A gold nanobead, trapped with 205 milliwatts of infrared laser light, heats up to about 75 degrees C or 167 degrees F (shown in dark red) and the … more

Road to AC Voltage Standard Leads to Important Junction
Release Date: 07/20/2006

After 10 years of research, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has unveiled the world's first precision instrument for … more

Code for ‘Unbreakable’ Quantum Encryption Generated at Record Speed over Fiber
Release Date: 04/18/2006

Gaithersburg, Md.—Raw code for “unbreakable” encryption, based on the principles of quantum physics, has been generated at record speed over … more

NIST Physicists Coax Six Atoms into Quantum 'Cat' State
Release Date: 11/30/2005

NIST researchers have succeeded in coaxing six ions into an unusual quantum “cat” state in which their nuclei are collectively spinning clockwise … more

NIST Physicist Honored for Technological Innovation
Release Date: 10/20/2005

NIST Fellow Jun Ye was honored Oct. 8 at the "Amazing Light: Visions for Discovery" symposium held to celebrate the 90th birthday of 1964 Nobel … more

NIST/JILA Fellow Jan Hall Shares 2005 Nobel Prize in Physics
Release Date: 10/04/2005

Congratulatory letter from Congressman Boehlert (requires Acrobat Reader ) Nobel laureate John L. (Jan) Hall © 2005 Geoffrey Wheeler For a … more

Noisy Pictures Tell a Story of 'Entangled' Atoms, JILA Physicists Find
Release Date: 03/22/2005

Similar patterns of "noise" are evident in these two images. The images are taken directly after molecules have been split into entangled atom … more

Quantum Computers May Be Easier to Build Than Predicted, NIST Work Suggests
Release Date: 03/02/2005

Boulder, Colo.— A full-scale quantum computer could produce reliable results even if its components performed no better than today’s best … more

NIST Demonstrates ‘Teleportation’ of Atomic States for Quantum Computing
Release Date: 06/16/2004

© Geoffrey Wheeler NIST physicist David Wineland adjusts an ultraviolet laser beam used to manipulate ions in a high-vacuum "ion trap" used to … more

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