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RAP opportunity at National Institute of Standards and Technology     NIST

Advanced X-ray Fundamental Parameters


Physical Measurement Laboratory, Radiation Physics Division

opportunity location
50.68.21.C0736 Gaithersburg, MD

NIST only participates in the February and August reviews.


name email phone
Csilla I Szabo-Foster 301.975.4334


The first step for an x-ray fluorescence study is to establish a reliable calibration for the energy scale of the spectrum. This calibration is usually accomplished through “well-known” calibration lines tabulated in x-ray fundamental parameter’s databases. The success of the fundamental parameter method for quantitative analysis depends on the accuracy and completeness of the tabulations of the used parameters. Where do these parameters come from and how precisely are they known? Are they connected to units defined by the International System of Units (SI)? At NIST we make sure they are. We combine wavelength- and energy-dispersive X-ray methods to improve on current transition energy databases performing measurements with unparalleled precision. We use a custom, in-house constructed, high-resolution double-crystal diffraction instrument combined with a high-power, demountable x-ray source and a vacuum compatible hybrid pixel area detector. Decades of development of instrumentation for cutting edge x-ray metrology will guarantee results that provide for a wide x-ray community including collaborators developing cryogenic quantum sensors (transition edge sensors: TES) at NIST.

key words
x-ray diffraction; Fundamental Parameters; x-ray metrology; silicon crystal; double-crystal spectrometer; wavelength standards; high resolution x-ray spectroscopy; x-ray transition energies; cryogenic quantum sensors; x-ray fluorescence (XRF)


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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