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'Standard Quantum Limit' Smashed, Could Mean Better Fiber-Optic Comms
Release Date: 01/08/2013

Communicating with light may soon get a lot easier, hints recent research* from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the … more

Photons Emitted by Quantum Dots Can be Made Indistinguishable Through Quantum Frequency Conversion
Release Date: 12/19/2012

The quantum frequency conversion system uses two pump lasers whose frequency difference is matched to the difference between the two input photon … more

Ultraviolet Water Treatment
Release Date: 12/19/2012

Placing a water sample for irradiation by UV beams. A group of researchers from PML’s Sensor Science Division is part of a project that will have … more

NIST Measurement Advance Could Speed Innovation in Solar Devices
Release Date: 07/25/2012

A new versatile measurement system devised by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) accurately and quickly … more

JILA Frequency Comb Helps Evaluate Novel Biomedical Decontamination Method
Release Date: 06/14/2012

Like many new measurement tools, the laser frequency comb seemed at first a curiosity but has found more practical uses than originally imagined. … more

NIST Effort Could Improve High-Tech Medical Scanners
Release Date: 06/12/2012

A powerful color-based imaging technique is making the jump from remote sensing to the operating room—and a team of scientists* at the National … more

Prototype NIST Device Measures Absolute Optical Power in Fiber at Nanowatt Levels
Release Date: 12/20/2011

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a prototype device capable of absolute measurements of … more

UV Lithography: Going to Extremes
Release Date: 12/09/2011

Contamination forms on a clean multi-layer surface (top) when EUV photons react (middle) with gases, resulting in carbonaceous deposits (bottom). … more

Traveling SIRCUS Tests Satellite Sensors
Release Date: 10/03/2011

Artist's conception of the NPP satellite. The VIIRS instrument suite is at the top left of the image. Credit: NASA For NASA's Earth Observing … more

NIST gets HIP: a new method for testing optical imaging sensors
Release Date: 10/03/2011

Figure 1. Schematic of the Hyperspectral Image Projector (HIP). A spectral engine optically in series with a spatial engine projects a … more

Better 'Photon Loops' May Be Key to Computer and Physics Advances
Release Date: 08/22/2011

Surprisingly, transmitting information-rich photons thousands of miles through fiber-optic cable is far easier than reliably sending them just a … more

Armchair Science: DNA Strands That Select Nanotubes Are First Step to a Practical ‘Quantum Wire’
Release Date: 08/02/2011

DNA, a molecule famous for storing the genetic blueprints for all living things, can do other things as well. In a new paper,* researchers at the … more

Piece of Cake: Arrays of Long Nanotubes May Help Measure Terahertz Laser Power
Release Date: 07/19/2011

Terahertz radiation can penetrate numerous materials—plastic, clothing, paper and some biological tissues—making it an attractive candidate for … more

The Secret Behind NIST's New Gas Detector? Chirp Before Sniffing
Release Date: 05/10/2011

Trace gas detection, the ability to detect a scant quantity of a particular molecule—a whiff of formaldehyde or a hint of acetone—in a vast sea of … more

NIST/JILA Physicist Wins Optical Society's Meggers Award
Release Date: 04/12/2011

Steven Cundiff, a physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has received the 2011 William F. Meggers Award from the … more

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