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RAP opportunity at National Institute of Standards and Technology     NIST

Fabry-Perot Interferometry for Accelerometers


Physical Measurement Laboratory, Quantum Measurement Division

opportunity location
50.68.41.B8286 Gaithersburg, MD

NIST only participates in the February and August reviews.


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.


key words
MEMS; Accelerometer; Fabry-Perot;


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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