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Precision Optical Measurements of Dynamic Force


Physical Measurement Laboratory, Quantum Measurement Division

RO# Location
50.68.41.B8455 Gaithersburg, MD

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Name E-mail Phone
Chijioke, Akobuije D 301.975.3898


There is a current opening to carry out cavity optomechanics experiments and technique development, in the Dynamic Force Project at NIST (Mass and Force Group, Quantum Measurement Division, Physical Measurement Lab). The project goals are to develop optomechanical methods to perform robust, high-speed, high-sensitivity force measurements, develop high-quality force standards tied to radiation pressure, extend the limits of dynamic range in optomechanical force sensing, and implement these techniques in commercially viable systems. The experiments will be performed using monolithic whispering-gallery cavity systems and microfabricated cavity systems. A state-of-the-art nanofabrication facility is available at NIST. This work will explore fundamental questions and challenges in optomechanical systems including thermal noise limits, quantum and classical backaction, and quantum-limited sensing, while simultaneously transforming the possibilities in real-world force measurements.


Optomechanics; Cavity optomechanics; Photonics; Optics; Force;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants
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