By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Laboratory Assessments Board, Panel on Electronics and Electrical Engineering
The document at the EEEL offers an overview of the Lab’s 4 divisions. The overview is predicated on 4 standards: alignment with nationwide priorities, motivation of its courses, technical benefit, and technical application caliber. The file additionally offers a glance at 3 extra issues: staffing and investment, overseas matters, and the making plans approach.
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Funding for the Advanced MOS Device Reliability and Characterization project in the Semiconductor Electronics Division (SED) may not be stable. While it has been identified as one of the mandated programs in EEEL, the project is supported mostly by the Office of Microelectronic Programs. A shift toward more core support would be desirable. Facilities control in Boulder is still a major issue. There are too few federal personnel on site to maintain the infrastructure, so contractors are used to fix and repair everything within the buildings.
While the Boulder clean room and fabrication facilities are extremely cramped and suffer from poor control of air conditioning and humidity, most facilities are now considered acceptable by the staff, since the promised Boulder expansion will reduce dependence on the older facilities. The facilities are reasonably well instrumented. There are specific cases, however, where expensive instruments are needed to support particular projects; these needs are described below. There was substantial concern about a recent investment at the NIST Gaithersburg nanofabrication facility (not part of EEEL)—namely, the $5 million purchase of an e-beam tool that seems inappropriate for the level of use it is likely to enjoy and the level of maintenance support that will be needed (estimated at $200,000 to $500,000 per year).
The project in optomanufacturing of quantum optics has demonstrated unique capabilities that provide support for national programs in quantum computing and quantum cryptography. These include unique demonstration of single-photon sources and detectors. Currently the EEEL work is one of the few single-photon-source efforts in the United States. There is considerable excitement over the use of superimposed coherent states of light, called “cat” states, to demonstrate a loophole-free measurement of Bell’s inequality.