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Photonic Thermometers: Out of the Lab, Into a Bucket of Water
Release Date: 04/28/2015

Close-ups of two "packaged" photonic thermometers, each with its ponytail of optical fibers. A droplet of hardened, transparent epoxy (center) … more

A New MAP for LED Lighting
Release Date: 02/19/2015

Ben Tsai (left) and Maria Nadal demonstrate one kind of solid-state light that can be more

NISTAR Radiometer Scheduled to Fly
Release Date: 12/02/2014

The NISTAR instrument prior to mounting on the DSCOVR spacecraft. The NIST Advanced Radiometer (NISTAR), mothballed for more than a decade, is … more

Low Error-Rate Detectors for Telecom
Release Date: 12/02/2014

NIST scientists have devised an experimental photon-detection system for communications with error rates far below even the most ideal … more

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

Testing the spectral properties of the tile. Image: Joaquim Goes/NOAA. The world's oceans face multiple threats, and fisheries, marine biologists, … more

First Photonic Pressure Sensor
Release Date: 10/29/2014

For almost 400 years, mercury gauges have prevailed as the most accurate way to measure pressure. Now, within weeks of seeing “first light,” a … 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

Calibrating Radiation Beams with Light
Release Date: 09/17/2014

Ronald Tosh with the most recent setup for measuring temperature changes 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

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