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AFM Positioning: Shining Light on a Needle in a Haystack
Release Date: 11/09/2010

The researchers characterize their new technique as a neat solution to the "needle in a haystack" problem of nanoscale microscopy, but it's more … more

NIST 'Vision Science Facility' Aims for Lighting Revolution
Release Date: 09/28/2010

Light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, have become popular with backpackers and cyclists who mount them on headbands for a reliable, hands-free source of … more

Extreme Darkness: Carbon Nanotube Forest Covers NIST’s Ultra-dark Detector
Release Date: 08/17/2010

Harnessing darkness for practical use, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a laser power … more

NIST, NASA Launch Joint Effort to Develop New Climate Satellites
Release Date: 03/02/2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have launched a joint … more

Stacking the Deck: Single Photons Observed at Seemingly Faster-than-Light Speeds
Release Date: 01/26/2010

(Top) A single photon travels through alternating layers of low (blue) and high (green) refractive index material more slowly (top) or quickly … more

Small Nanoparticles Bring Big Improvement to Medical Imaging
Release Date: 11/17/2009

If you're watching the complex processes in a living cell, it is easy to miss something important--especially if you are watching changes that … more

Showcase - Bio-imaging Technologies (9/2009)
Release Date: 10/06/2009

A TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AND FEDERAL MARKETPLACE EVENT TEDCO, NIST and NIH Present Bio-imaging Technologies For Commercial Adoption On Tuesday, … more

Physicists Find Way to Control Individual Bits in Quantum Computers
Release Date: 07/14/2009

Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have overcome a hurdle in quantum computer development, having devised* a … more

Shape Matters in the Case of Cobalt Nanoparticles
Release Date: 06/16/2009

Shape is turning out to be a particularly important feature of some commercially important nanoparticles - but in subtle ways. New studies* by … more

Terahertz Waves Are Effective Probes for IC Heat Barriers
Release Date: 05/05/2009

By modifying a commonly used commercial infrared spectrometer to allow operation at long-wave terahertz frequencies, researchers at the National … more

Scientists Give a Hand(edness) to the Search for Alien Life
Release Date: 04/21/2009

Light becomes polarized in detectable ways when reflected from chlorophyll and other chiral molecules necessary to life, so scientists working at … more

Bright Idea Illuminates LED Standards
Release Date: 11/25/2008

The lack of common measurement methods among light-emitting diode (LED) and lighting manufacturers has affected the commercialization of … more

NIST Assists in Solar Stake-Out to Improve Space Weather Forecasts
Release Date: 07/09/2008

The sun is about to undergo unremitting scrutiny. About six times each minute of every hour for at least five years, a soon-to-be launched NASA … more

New NIST Method Improves Accuracy of Spectrometers
Release Date: 06/16/2005

Measurements of the intensity of light at different wavelengths can be made more accurately now, thanks to a new, simple method for correcting … more

NIST Photon Detectors Have Record Efficiency
Release Date: 06/02/2005

Sensors that detect and count single photons, the smallest quantities of light, with 88 percent efficiency have been demonstrated by physicists at … more

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