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 Frederico Capasso from Harvard University
Professor William Gerberich from the University of Minnesota
Professor Michael Rubenstein from the University of North Carolina

Registration and hotel room block are now available.


Changes in CINT leadership

This is to announce changes in the management team at the DOE Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT).  Dr. David Morris, CINT Director, has accepted the position of Division Leader of the Chemistry Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory.  As the CINT Director, he has contributed immensely to the development of CINT as a leading nanoscience research center and a productive DOE Office of Science National User Facility.  The CINT community extends our very best wishes to David in his new position.

Effective immediately, CINT Co-Director Dr. Neal Shinn has been appointed as the new CINT Director.  Neal is the Senior Manager of the Integrated Nanotechnologies Group at Sandia National Laboratories and has over ten years experience with CINT in various leadership positions.

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.

Dr. Quanxi Jia will serve as the Acting CINT Co-Director, effective immediately.   Dr. Jia is currently the Thrust Leader for the Nanoscale Electronics and Mechanics (NEM) science thrust in CINT. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Ceramic Society, the American Physical Society, the Materials Research Society, and Los Alamos National Laboratory. He is the recipient of the 2005 Asian-American Engineer of the Year Award, a Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer, and two R&D 100 Awards. Dr. Jia has authored/co-authored more than 400 peer reviewed journal articles and has been awarded 46 United States patents in electronic materials and devices. He is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Materials Research Letters and a member of the editorial boards of Journal of SemiconductorsFerroelectrics Letters, Nano Convergence, and Transactions on Electrical & Electronic Materials.

While Dr. Jia is serving as the Acting CINT Co-Director, Dr. Brian Swartzentruber, currently the NEM Partner Science Leader, will assume the responsibilities of the NEM Thrust Leader (Acting) and CINT Scientist Dr. Nathan (Nate) Mara will be the NEM Partner Science Leader (Acting).



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.