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Ocean Color Standard Developed
Release Date: 11/24/2014

The color of reflected light from sunlit seawater contains important information about ocean health and the amount of dissolved carbon dioxide. … more

Generating Numbers of Photons
Release Date: 09/25/2014

A NIST team is at work on what promises to be one of the world’s most accurate methods for generating a specified number of photons, and has … more

NIST Therapy for Ultraviolet Laser Beams: Hydrogen-treated Fibers
Release Date: 08/11/2014

To make a better optical fiber for transmitting laser beams, the first idea that comes to mind is probably not a nice long hydrogen bath. … more

Novel NIST Laser System Mimics Sunlight to Test Solar Cell Efficiency
Release Date: 05/28/2014

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a laser-based instrument that generates artificial … more

Now You See It: Electromagnetically Induced Transparency in a Silicon Nitride Optomechanical Crystal
Release Date: 04/09/2014

Researchers from the  NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) have observed electromagnetically induced transparency at room … more

NIST Gives Astronomers a Better Ruler in the Search for Extrasolar Planets
Release Date: 03/26/2014

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have rejuvenated a technique for finding planets near distant stars.* New … more

Force to be Reckoned With: NIST Measures Laser Power with Portable Scale
Release Date: 10/22/2013

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a novel method for measuring laser power by reflecting … more

NIST Carbon Nanotube Chips Go Ballooning for Climate Science
Release Date: 10/22/2013

A huge plastic balloon floated high in the skies over New Mexico on Sept. 29, 2013, carrying instruments to collect climate-related test data with … more

NIST Unveils Prototype Video Imaging System for Remote Detection of Hidden Threats
Release Date: 09/30/2013

By adapting superconducting technology used in advanced telescope cameras, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology … more

High-Efficiency Photon Source Brings Day of Reckoning Closer for a Famous Quantum Test
Release Date: 06/25/2013

Physicists working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) are edging ever closer to … more

Novel Metamaterial 'Flat Lens' Creates 3D Images in Free Space
Release Date: 05/28/2013

Scientists working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated for the first time a new type of lens that bends … more

The Better to See You With: Scientists Build Record-Setting Metamaterial Flat Lens
Release Date: 05/23/2013

For the first time, scientists working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a new type of lens that … more

NIST Goes to the End of the Earth for Measurement Science
Release Date: 04/03/2013

NIST Boulder researcher Johannes (Hannes) Hubmayr recently spent several weeks at the South Pole Telescope, where he optimized the performance of … more

MOBY calibration
Release Date: 04/03/2013

Seen from the base of the MOBY spar, researchers work on the the facility. MOBY is deployed in clear waters about 1200 meters deep, far enough … more

NIST Tests Underscore Potential Hazards of Green Laser Pointers
Release Date: 03/20/2013

Using a low-cost apparatus designed to quickly and accurately measure the properties of handheld laser devices, National Institute of Standards … more

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