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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

NIST's 'Nanotubes on a Chip' May Simplify Optical Power Measurements
Release Date: 01/24/2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has demonstrated a novel chip-scale instrument made of carbon nanotubes that may … more

'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

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