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Chip-scale Atomic Devices: Miniature Precision Instruments using Atoms, Lasers and MEMS
Dr. John Kitching received his PhD. in Applied Physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1995. Since 2003, he has been a physicist in the Time and Frequency Division at NIST and currently is the Leader of the Atomic Devices and Instrumentation Group in NIST’s Physical Measurements Laboratory. His research interests include miniaturized atomic clocks and sensors and applications of semiconductor lasers and micromachining technology to problems in atomic physics and frequency control. Most recently, he and his group pioneered the development of microfabricated “chip-scale” atomic devices for use as frequency references, magnetometers and other sensors. He is a Fellow of NIST and has received a number of awards for his work including the Department of Commerce Silver and Gold Medals, the 2015 IEEE Sensors Council Technical Achievement Award, the 2016 IEEE-UFFC Rabi Award and the prestigious 2013 Rank Prize. He has published over 80 papers in refereed journals, has given numerous invited and plenary talks and has been awarded six patents.