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Optical Physics Programs & Projects

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Calculation of optical constants and dielectric response
Last Updated Date: 06/20/2016

We maintain a suite of programs that can help calculate the optical properties of many solids throughout the electromagnetic spectrum.

Frequency Comb Spectroscopy
Last Updated Date: 12/22/2015

We use frequency combs based on ultrafast mode-locked lasers to perform precision spectroscopy in the near- and mid-infrared domains, for rapid, … more

Frequency Comb Calibration of Astronomical Spectrographs
Last Updated Date: 12/22/2015

We have constructed portable frequency combs that have provided in situ calibration of astronomical spectrographs, to aid in the search for … more

Quantum Physics Theory
Last Updated Date: 09/25/2015

Theoretical work relevant to the determination of values of the fundamental constants, tests of bound-state quantum electrodynamics (QED), and … more

Vacuum-Ultraviolet Optical Properties of Cryogenic Water Ices
Last Updated Date: 09/01/2015

The optical properties of cryogenic water ices in the vacuum-ultraviolet spectral range are studied.

Calibration of the Extreme UV/X-ray Irradiance Sensor (EXIS) for the Geostationary Operations Environment Satellite R-Series Program (GOES-R)
Last Updated Date: 08/25/2015

Calibrations of the The Extreme ultraviolet/X-ray Irradiance Sensor (EXIS), which will be installed on the Geostationary Operations Environment … more

Extreme ultraviolet optical constants
Last Updated Date: 08/25/2015

In the vacuum ultraviolet and extreme ultraviolet (EUV), the indices of refraction of all materials become complex: N = n + ik , or N = 1- d + ik … more

Advanced Linear and Nonlinear Optical Properties of Materials
Last Updated Date: 08/06/2015

High-accuracy linear and nonlinear optical properties of materials used for leading-edge optical technologies are measured and characterized to … more

Designing the Nanoworld: Nanostructures, Nanodevices, and Nanooptics
Last Updated Date: 08/04/2015

Nano and atomic scale theory of the electronic, optical and mechanical properties of ultrasmall structures, such as semiconductor quantum dots and … more

Fabry-Perot Displacement Interferometry
Last Updated Date: 07/27/2015

High-resolution Fabry-Perot interferometry is being developed and employed for demanding applications in mechanical displacement metrology.

Micro- and nano-optomechanical systems
Last Updated Date: 07/27/2015

Light can interact with mechanical systems in interesting and useful ways, not only probing the mechanical motion with spectacular sensitivity, … more

Measuring Light-Matter Interactions in Chip-Based Optical Cavities
Last Updated Date: 07/20/2015

Measuring interactions between light and matter has both fundamental and practical importance. For example, lasers have had a profound influence … more

Light-matter Interactions in Semiconductor Nanostructures
Last Updated Date: 06/03/2015

The quantum optics of light interacting with semiconductor-based nanostructures is being studied to extend concepts of entanglement and coherence … more

Synchrotron Radiation-Based Calibrations for Space Weather Prediction
Last Updated Date: 03/24/2015

Orbital ultraviolet and extreme-ultraviolet spectrometers are calibrated on beamline 2, taking advantage of the calculability of synchrotron … more

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