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RAP opportunity at National Institute of Standards and Technology     NIST

Rydberg Atom Based Sources


Communications Technology Laboratory, Radio Frequency Technology Division

opportunity location
50.67.22.C0877 Boulder, CO

NIST only participates in the February and August reviews.


name email phone
Christopher L. Holloway 303.497.6184


The field of communications and sensing continues to extend into UV, EUV, far IR, and visible frequency bands. However, there is a clear gap when it comes to terahertz frequencies. This gap stems from limited sensors and sources available in this range. A terahertz source with sufficient power could change the landscape of material characterization, communications, and sensing. We see an opportunity to develop a method to generate such a source utilizing Rydberg atoms. Over the past decade, rydberg atom sensors have been the center of many technological developments in sensing DC to terahertz radiation. They offer calibration methods for electric fields and serve as sensitive electric field probes, power sensors, voltage standards, and receivers for communications. We hope to turn these sensors, utilized for THz detection, into THz sources. We seek proposals for collaboration to develop Rydberg atom-based THz sources that will find use in several labs across NIST.

key words
Rydberg atom sensors; THz radiation; THz sensing; THz source


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


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$82,764.00 $3,000.00
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