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Synchrotron Radiation-based Ultraviolet Source Calibrations
Last Updated Date: 08/25/2015

Bilateral comparison of synchrotron radiation-based deuterium lamp calibrations between the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt PTB and NIST. more

Quantum Dot coated CMOS CID arrays for the UV and VUV
Last Updated Date: 08/25/2015

A technique has been developed for coating commercial off the shelf (COTS) detector arrays with a thin, uniform layer of quantum dots. The quantum … more

Long-Term Monitoring of the Ultraviolet Irradiance Scale
Last Updated Date: 08/25/2015

In 2004, the National Institute of Standards and Technology NIST established the ultraviolet spectral irradiance scale from 200 nm to 400 nm using … more

Calibration of the Extreme UV/X-ray Irradiance Sensor (EXIS) for the Geostationary Operations Environment Satellite R-Series Program (GOES-R)
Last Updated Date: 08/25/2015

Calibrations of the The Extreme ultraviolet/X-ray Irradiance Sensor (EXIS), which will be installed on the Geostationary Operations Environment … more

Extreme ultraviolet optical constants
Last Updated Date: 08/25/2015

In the vacuum ultraviolet and extreme ultraviolet (EUV), the indices of refraction of all materials become complex: N = n + ik , or N = 1- d + ik … more

Infrared cryogenic blackbody broadband calibration
Last Updated Date: 08/19/2015

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) requires all test facilities to have their blackbodies calibrated at the NIST Low Background Infrared (LBIR) … more

Hyperspectral Imaging Standards
Last Updated Date: 08/19/2015

Hyperspectral imaging as a field is in the process of maturing from a specialized tool to a routine method applied to many facets of society.

Air Speed Metrology
Last Updated Date: 08/18/2015

NIST’s versatile wind tunnel is used to calibrate customers’ air speed sensors and to conduct research on the design of novel anemometers, the … more

Hyperspectral Microscopy
Last Updated Date: 08/18/2015

Hyperspectral imagery (HSI) microscopy allows for vegetation and geologic material to be examined at the sub-centimeter spatial scale.

Reflectance Measurements of Human Skin
Last Updated Date: 08/17/2015

The purpose of this human subjects study is to collect high-quality measurements of the reflectance spectrum of human skin and assess the … more

Hyperspectral Image Projector (HIP)
Last Updated Date: 08/17/2015

Detecting climate change with remote sensing instruments, providing state-of-the-art surveillance imagery for security and defense, or getting the … more

Aperture area measurements
Last Updated Date: 08/17/2015

Radiometric and photometric measurements require defining apertures. The accuracy to which these measurements can be accomplished requires … more

Diffuse Optical Properties of Materials
Last Updated Date: 08/17/2015

Diffuse optical properties are critical parameters for understanding the interaction of light with tissues and other optically diffusive materials. more

Last Updated Date: 08/14/2015

Spectrophotometry is the quantitative measurement of the reflection or transmission properties of a material as a function of wavelength. While … more

Pico-Watt ACR
Last Updated Date: 08/14/2015

The goal of the Pico-Watt ACR project (pW-ACR) is to develop an absolute cryogenic radiometer (ACR) able to calibrate 1 pW of optical power with … more

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