The Nanoscale Device Characterization Division (NDCD) is based in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and operates within the Physical Measurement Laboratory at NIST.
The Division's mission is to develop and advance the measurement and knowledge infrastructure to characterize nano- and atom-scale engineered materials and solid-state devices for innovation in information processing, sensing, and future quantum technologies.
The NDCD’s technical activities span atom scale devices, nanoscale spectroscopy, nanoscale imaging, nanoscale processes and measurements, and alternative computing.
Alternative and Future Computing
We explore measurement problems in neuromorphic computing by: developing measurements for neuromorphic devices, fabricating and testing neuromorphic circuits, and exploring new architectures and algorithms both theoretically and in prototypes.
"Local" Measurements of Physical Processes in Solid-State Nanoscale and Quantum Devices and Systems
We develop near field optical spectroscopy with nanoscale spatial resolution at cryogenic temperatures that is complimentary to our world class STM program and provide NIST with new measurement science to characterize nanoengineered quantum systems and devices.
Physics and Engineering of Atom-Based Solid-State Nanoscale Devices, Materials, and Systems
We develop the knowledge, measurements, and nano- and atomscale fabrication methods to engineer systems and devices with emergent quantum behavior.