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Infrared cryogenic blackbody broadband calibration
Last Updated Date: 04/10/2013

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

Transfer radiometers and reference detectors
Last Updated Date: 04/10/2013

We have developed several portable radiometers to transfer the primary detector-based scales for optical power, radiance, and irradiance in the … more

Theory of the optical properties of materials
Last Updated Date: 03/26/2013

The overarching objective of this project is reliably calculating the bulk optical properties of materials, such as complex index of refraction, … more

Vacuum-Ultraviolet Optical Properties of Cryogenic Water Ices
Last Updated Date: 11/19/2012

The optical properties of cryogenic water ices in the vacuum-ultraviolet spectral range are studied.

Synchrotron Radiation-based Ultraviolet Source Calibrations
Last Updated Date: 11/19/2012

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

Synchrotron Radiation-Based Calibrations for Space Weather Prediction
Last Updated Date: 11/19/2012

Orbital ultraviolet and extreme-ultraviolet spectrometers are calibrated on beamline 2, taking advantage of the calculability of synchrotron … more

Geostationary Operations Environment Satellite R-Series Program (GOES-R) Extreme UV/X-ray Irradiance Sensor (EXIS) Calibration
Last Updated Date: 11/19/2012

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

Photodetector Analysis for Biological Agent Detection
Last Updated Date: 11/16/2012

Photomultiplier tube (PMT) analysis with respect to PMT sensitivity and long-term stability using synchrotron radiation.

Bilateral Comparison of Spectral Responsivity in the Vacuum-Ultraviolet
Last Updated Date: 11/16/2012

To compare the calibration capabilities for the spectral responsivity in the vacuum-ultraviolet spectral region between 135 nm and 250 nm, PTB and … more

Long-Term Monitoring of the Ultraviolet Irradiance Scale
Last Updated Date: 11/16/2012

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

EUV Detector Calibrations
Last Updated Date: 11/16/2012

Transfer standard photodiodes may be purchased with a calibration in the range from 5 nm to 254 nm. Other detectors supplied by the customer may … more

NIST Stars
Last Updated Date: 11/16/2012

NIST Stars is an Innovations in Measurement Science project to create a catalog of stars whose top-of-the-atmosphere spectral flux has an SI … more

Spectral irradiance and radiance responsivity calibrations using uniform sources (SIRCUS)
Last Updated Date: 11/16/2012

SIRCUS is a reference facility for the calibration of detectors and radiometers for spectral irradiance responsivity and spectral radiance … more

Primary optical watt radiometer (POWR)
Last Updated Date: 11/16/2012

The Sensor Science Division of NIST realizes and maintains the unit of optical power (watt) with the NIST reference cryogenic radiometer, Primary … more

Infrared optical properties of materials and components
Last Updated Date: 11/15/2012

Accurate measurements of the optical properties of materials in the infrared spectral range play an increasingly important role in the aerospace … more

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