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Opportunity at Naval Postgraduate School (NPS)

Advanced Sensors Based on Atom Interferometers


Naval Postgraduate School, Engineering, Applied Sciences and Computer Science

RO# Location
62.10.03.C0119 Monterey, CA 939435138


name email phone
Ian Roderick McNab 512.632.9257
Frank A Narducci 831-656-2635


Atom interferometers are widely recognized as having extremely high sensitivity to forces and hence have the potential to be highly sensitive sensors. These sensors can include accelerometers and gyroscopes [1] for navigation in GPS-compromised environments, or magnetometers for anti-submarine warfare [2]. Additionally, they are very useful for tests of fundamental physics [3]. This research opportunity is in the atom interferometry group, which is currently investigating both types of sensors. The successful candidate’s duties will include all aspects of experimentation to support these projects. Duties will include optical alignment, electronic design and implementation, radio-frequency electronic design and implementation, data acquisition programming and execution, and data analysis and execution. The successful candidate is expected to travel to conferences and to various program reviews to present his/her results

 [1] Composite-light-pulse technique for high precision atom interferometry," P. Berg, S. Abend, G. Tackmann, C. Schubert, E. Giese, W. P. Schleich, F. A. Narducci, W. Ertmer, and E. M. Rasel 

Physical Review Letters, 114, 063002, (Feb., 2015).

[2] A proposal for a gradient magnetometer atom interferometer", J.P. Davis and F.A. Narducci 

Journal of Modern Optics, 55, 3173, (Nov., 2008).

[3] "T3 interferometer for atoms," M. Zimmermann, M. A. Efremov, A. Roura, W. P. Schleich, S. A. DeSavage, J. P. Davis, A. Srinivasan, F. A. Narducci, S. A. Werner and E. M. Rasel

Appl. Phys. B, 123, (4), 102, (Mar. 2017).

atom interferometers; gyroscopes; accelerometers; laser cooling of neutral atoms; quantum optics


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents and non-U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$67,000.00 $3,000.00

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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