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RAP opportunity at Naval Research Laboratory     NRL

Advanced Atomic Quantum Sensors and Clocks


Naval Research Laboratory, DC, Optical Sciences

opportunity location
64.15.67.C0213 Washington, DC 203755321


name email phone
Adam Black 202.404.2573
Jonathan Kwolek 202-404-8808


Our research group is developing new architectures for quantum sensors and clocks based on atoms. We are particularly interested in innovations needed to reduce noise, improve response to dynamics, and improve readout. These include features such as novel atomic cooling and trapping techniques, integration with photonic structures, entanglement, spin squeezing, active superradiant emission, readout based on quantum nondemolition measurement, or interrogation with nonclassical optical fields. We are additionally evaluating the performance of quantum sensor and clock technologies on real-world platforms.


J.M. Kwolek, C.T. Fancher, M. Bashkansky, and A.T. Black. Three-Dimensional Cooling of an Atom-Beam Source for High-Contrast Atom Interferometry. Phys. Rev. Applied 13, 044057 (2020).

J.M. Kwolek and A.T. Black. Continuous Sub-Doppler-Cooled Atomic Beam Interferometer for Inertial Sensing. Phys. Rev. Applied17, 024061 (2022).

key words
Atom interferometry; Laser cooling and trappping; Inertial sensing; Quantum mechanics; Quantum nondemolition measurement; clocks; timekeeping; frequency standards, quantum optics; quantum information


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$94,199.00 $3,000.00
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