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RAP opportunity at National Institute of Standards and Technology     NIST

Atomic Devices and Instrumentation with Laser-Cooled Atoms


Physical Measurement Laboratory, Time and Frequency Division

opportunity location
50.68.82.B8493 Boulder, CO

NIST only participates in the February and August reviews.


name email phone
John E. Kitching 303.497.4083


The combination of laser-cooled atoms and precision spectroscopy enables highly precise instruments and sensors that are also fundamentally accurate. Our group specializes in designing these systems to be compact and ultimately transportable. Precision spectroscopy experiments in our labs have applications to clocks, inertial sensors, and tests of relativity and fundamental interactions. Two main project areas are (1) cold-atom coherent population trapping with application to accurate clocks and (2) atom interferometry experiments for measurements of inertial forces with applications to inertial navigation and precision measurements of relativistic effects.



Blanshan E, et al: "Light shifts in a pulsed cold-atom coherent-population-trapping clock.” Physical Review A 91: 041401(R), 2015

Hoth G, et al: “Compact atom-ball gyroscope based on spatial fringes." Applied Physics Letters 1009: 071113, 2016


key words
Atomic clocks; Atomic sensors; Atom interferometry; Magneto-optical trapping; Precision measurements; Coherent population trapping;


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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