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Building the next generation reference reflectometer
Last Updated Date: 01/09/2015

ROSI (Robotic Optical Scatter Instrument) is a new facility for measuring reflectance and scattering of materials in the ultraviolet to short-wave … more

Field Parameter Metrology
Last Updated Date: 12/12/2014

Consider the consequences if nearby electronics could interfere with a jet's instruments or cause an automobile to stall. The Field Parameter … more

Fundamental Guided Wave Metrology
Last Updated Date: 12/12/2014

Radio-frequency (RF) waves and microwaves are involved with almost every facet of everyday life. Radio stations, television, wireless devices, … more

Renewable Polymers
Last Updated Date: 09/05/2014

Economic growth, such as that experienced in developed countries over the last century, cannot continue into the next century nor spread to less … more

Femtosecond Laser Frequency Combs for Optical Clocks
Last Updated Date: 08/14/2014

We develop self-referenced mode-locked femtosecond lasers that function as the "gears" of optical clocks. The femtosecond laser clockwork is … more

Smoke Stack Simulator
Last Updated Date: 03/11/2014

Today, inconsistencies between measured CO 2 emissions and emissions calculated from coal consumption are on the order of 10% to 20%. Either a … more

Fiber Sources and Applications
Last Updated Date: 10/29/2013

Optical frequency combs convert a laser source containing a single frequency of light into pulses that include thousands of frequencies. This … more

Hyperspectral Image Projector (HIP)
Last Updated Date: 08/02/2013

Detecting climate change with remote sensing instruments, providing state-of-the-art surveillance imagery for security and defense, or getting the … more

Lunar spectral irradiance and radiance (LUSI)
Last Updated Date: 04/11/2013

LUnar Spectral Irradiance and radiance (LUSI) is a proposed suite of instruments to radiometrically characterize the Moon for use as an on-orbit … more

Assessing the Internal Structure and Composition of Climatically-Relevant Atmospheric Particles
Last Updated Date: 10/02/2012

Atmospheric particles with long atmospheric lifetimes affect Earth's radiative balance. These particles typically consist of multiple chemical … more

Trophic Transfer of Nanoparticles in a Simplified Invertebrate Food Web
Last Updated Date: 10/02/2012

We demonstrated that carboxylated and biotinylated quantum dots (QDs) can be transferred to higher trophic organisms (rotifers) through dietary … more

International Standards on the Properties of Water
Last Updated Date: 10/01/2012

Researchers in the Thermophysical Properties Division of CSTL played a leading role in the development of several new international standards for … more

Spectroscopic Measurements of Atmospheric Gases for Monitoring Greenhouse Gases
Last Updated Date: 10/01/2012

Climate scientists are developing a new generation of spectrometers for the NASA-sponsored inventory of atmospheric greenhouse gases, most notably … more

Nanoparticle Distribution in the Natural Environment
Last Updated Date: 10/01/2012

Given the substantial differences between nanoparticles (NPs) and typical organic and inorganic environmental contaminants, new methods and … more

Aperture area measurements
Last Updated Date: 11/03/2011

Radiometric and photometric measurements require defining apertures. The accuracy to which these measurements can be accomplished requires … more

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