The next call for proposals will be announced Sept 1, 2014. The database is currently open for Rapid Access Proposals. These should be limited in scope and have strong justification for expedited processing.

If you have recently been to CINT to work on your project, or are just finishing a project, please complete our CINT User Satisfaction Survey.


2014 User Meeting

Please join us at the CINT 2014 User Meeting, September 22-23, 2014 at the historic La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe, NM.

metamaterialsThe focused symposia will highlight:

1. The 6th International Workshop on Electromagnetic Metamaterials
2. Nanomechanical Response of Composite, Complex, and Thin Film Structures
3. Nanostructure in Polymers

Plenary speakers include:

Professor Federico Capasso from Harvard University
Professor William Gerberich from the University of Minnesota
Professor Michael Rubinstein from the University of North Carolina

Registration and hotel room block are now available.


NSRC Portal

On behalf of the NSRC community it is our pleasure to announce the DOE Nanoscale Science Research Centers community website. Visit the NSRC Portal to see the specialties and capabilities of the NSRCs and learn about news and events. Click on the Communities map and learn where users come from in the US and from 45 countries. Find your scientific areas of interest and contact persons and learn how to become a user.


CINT Co-Director job posting

The position of CINT Co-Director will be filled following a national search now underway.  Interested persons are invited to apply via the Los Alamos National Laboratory job posting:  #IRC 34221.



Science Highlight:
Compact Terahertz Laser Combs for High-Precision Spectroscopy

terahertz laserTerahertz light can be used to identify numerous complex molecules, but has traditionally remained unexploited due to the lack of powerful broadband sources. Pulsed lasers can be used to generate broadband radiation, but such sources are bulky and produce only microwatts of average power. Conversely, although terahertz quantum cascade lasers are compact semiconductor sources of high-power terahertz radiation, their narrowband emission makes them unsuitable for complex spectroscopy. In this work, we demonstrate frequency combs based on terahertz quantum cascade lasers, which combine the high power of lasers with the broadband capabilities of pulsed sources. By fully exploiting the quantum-mechanically broadened gain spectrum available to these lasers, we can generate 5 mW of terahertz power spread across 70 laser lines. This radiation is sufficiently powerful to be detected by Schottky-diode mixers, and will lead to compact terahertz spectrometers.

Scientific Achievement
Demonstrated compact terahertz laser frequency combs based on terahertz quantum cascade laser (QCL)!

Block copolymersSignificance and Impact

Frequency combs are powerful tools for high-precision metrology and spectroscopy (2005 Nobel Prize in physics).

Research Details

  • The comb spans over 550 GHz with ~70, equally spaced
  • Line width is much narrow than needed for high-precision spectroscopy.
  • The total power of 5mW can be detected with standard detectors.


Reference: D. Burghoff,et al., “Terahertz laser frequency combs”, Nature Photonics 8, 462 (2014).

Contact: John Reno


CINT Videos

In response from user requests, we are starting to film a virtual tour of CINT.
Please check out this first installment of 
1. an introduction to CINT and 
2. Jen Martinez and the capabilities within the Biosuite at the Gateway facility.










CINT Job Advertisements

We have a number of postdoctoral positions available. Please see the Sandia and Los Alamos job websites and search for keyword CINT.


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One Scientific Community Focused on Nanoscience Integration

The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) is a Department of Energy/Office of Science Nanoscale Science Research Center (NSRC) operating as a national user facility devoted to establishing the scientific principles that govern the design, performance, and integration of nanoscale materials. Through its Core Facility in Albuquerque and Gateway to Los Alamos Facility, CINT provides open access to tools and expertise needed to explore the continuum from scientific discovery to the integration of nanostructures into the micro- and macro world.