Kristan Corwin
Dr. Kristan Corwin
Research in Applied Physics at NIST - A Division Chief’s Perspective

March 25, 2024
4:30 p.m.
CW 102 or Zoom
Email for the Zoom address



Research at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is continually advancing the nation’s capability to provide the highest-accuracy, most trusted measurements available. NIST is home to the US Atomic Clock, and much more! NIST scientists are finding better ways to measure laser power, from single photons to 100 kW’s, using carbon nanotubes and harnessing the information in photon momentum. Improved gas and environmental sensing through novel laser spectroscopy, some in collaboration with K-State agronomists and physicists. Semiconductor research in the division is helping the nation meets the priorities laid out in the CHIPS for America Act. Quantum information research in entangled photons and superconducting qubits fuels the nascent quantum industry and our work provides quantitative measurements for the medical field, including phantoms for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Optical Coherence Tomography.

I will share highlights and insights into these outstanding research programs at NIST, and describe the career path that led me through more than 15 years at K-State and now allows me to nurture and lead the NIST Applied Physics Division. I will also discuss many opportunities for collaboration with NIST, for students, postdocs, and faculty.