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RAP opportunity at National Institute of Standards and Technology     NIST

Ultrafast Condensed-Phase Dynamics Using Mid-Infrared and Terahertz Spectroscopies


Physical Measurement Laboratory, Nanoscale Device Characterization Division

opportunity location
50.68.03.B7877 Gaithersburg, MD 20899

NIST only participates in the February and August reviews.


name email phone
Edwin J. Heilweil 301.975.2370


Femtosecond laser methods are used to measure ultrafast carrier and energy dynamics in condensed phase and nanoscale materials. These include tunable mid-infrared (MIR) or visible/ultraviolet (Vis-UV) excitation with multichannel MIR or Terahertz (THz) generation-detection methods for time-resolved spectroscopy, hyperspectral and thermal imaging, and related nonlinear spectroscopies. Systems investigated include carriers in semiconductors and 2D/TMD thin films, metal plasmons, photoreactions  and vibrational energy transfer of inorganic species in solution, crystals and on surfaces. Emphasis is placed on developing vibrational and THz nanoprobes (e.g., scattering Near-Field Optical Microscopy or s-SNOM) to investigate novel solar cell and photovoltaic materials, electronic-vibrational energy transfer processes (excitons) and nanoscale carrier processes in conductive materials.  We are also developing THz methods to perform thermal imaging in active 3D integrated circuits.

Apparatus includes (1) two Ti:Sapphire 20 fs oscillators, each with kHz regenerative amplifiers and UV-visible IR OPAs; (2) a THz pump-probe spectrometer and high power s-SNOM imaging apparatus; (3) nonlinear crystals for sum, mid-IR, and THz generation; (4) CCDs and mid-IR/THz focal-plane arrays for multichannel detection and imaging applications; and (5) MIR and THz Fourier transform infrared spectrometers for static sample spectroscopy. For more detailed information and recent publications, please see Web pages at:

key words
Carrier dynamics, conductivity and mobility; Condensed phase dynamics; Nano-Device characterization; Energy transfer; Femtosecond; Hyperspectral imaging; Infrared; Molecular dynamics; Nanoscale spectroscopy; Terahertz imaging; Terahertz spectroscopy; Ultrafast lasers; Vibrational spectroscopy


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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