Opportunity at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Atomic Devices and Instrumentation with Laser-Cooled Atoms
Physical Measurement Laboratory, Time and Frequency Division
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|John E. Kitching
The combination of laser-cooled atoms and precision spectroscopy enables highly precise instruments and sensors that are also fundamentally accurate. Our group specializes in designing these systems to be compact and ultimately transportable. Precision spectroscopy experiments in our labs have applications to clocks, inertial sensors, and tests of relativity and fundamental interactions. Two main project areas are (1) cold-atom coherent population trapping with application to accurate clocks and (2) atom interferometry experiments for measurements of inertial forces with applications to inertial navigation and precision measurements of relativistic effects.
Blanshan E, et al: "Light shifts in a pulsed cold-atom coherent-population-trapping clock.” Physical Review A 91: 041401(R), 2015
Hoth G, et al: “Compact atom-ball gyroscope based on spatial fringes." Applied Physics Letters 1009: 071113, 2016
Atomic clocks; Atomic sensors; Atom interferometry; Magneto-optical trapping; Precision measurements; Coherent population trapping;
Open to U.S. citizens
Open to Postdoctoral applicants