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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

Satellite Measures Sun's True Power
Release Date: 01/27/2003

Scientists expect to gain important information about the sun's effect on the Earth's atmosphere and climate from sophisticated instruments—all … more

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