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Fabry-Perot Interferometry for Accelerometers


Physical Measurement Laboratory, Quantum Measurement Division

opportunity location
50.68.41.B8286 Gaithersburg, MD

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name email phone
John R. Lawall 301.975.3226


As part of the “NIST-on-a-chip” program, we are designing and building chip-scale accelerometers as field-deployable SI-traceable standards. The accelerometers employ a micromechanical structure in conjunction with a Fabry-Perot cavity for high-speed optical readout. With cavity lengths on the order of a millimeter and frequency excursions in the GHz range, SI-traceable readout presents some interesting challenges. We are presently exploring a variety of readout techniques, involving tunable lasers, electro- and acousto-optic modulators, and frequency combs. This work involves a close collaboration between the Quantum Measurement Division and the Engineering Physics Division.


MEMS; Accelerometer; Fabry-Perot;


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


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$74,950.00 $3,000.00
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