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Physics research at NIST includes everything from improving the safety of medical radiation procedures to developing future "quantum information" technologies that generate unbreakable codes. NIST provides the measurements, standards, and technical expertise scientists and industries need to push the limits of the fundamental properties of nature.

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Programs and Projects
ANSI N42.42 Standard

The purpose of the N42 data format is to facilitate manufacturer-independent transfer of information from radiation measurement instruments for … more

Advanced Microwave Photonics

America's future prosperity and security may rely in part on the exotic properties of quantum mechanics. Research on quantum information (QI) … more

Laser Radiometry

Accurate characterization of photonic equipment is important for optical communications, medical devices, semiconductor lithography, manufacturing … more

Atomic Spectroscopy Data Center

Critical compilations of atomic energy levels, transition wavelengths, and transition probabilities. Online databases.   more

Advanced Neutron Imaging Facility

The NIST Neutron Imaging Facility (NNIF) at the NIST Center for Neutron Research . more

Wide-Angle Neutron Polarization Analysis

The capabilities of many neutron scattering instruments would be greatly enhanced by neutron polarization analyzers that can cover a wide angular … more

Instruments
Missile defense transfer radiometer (MDXR)

The Missile Defense transfer Radiometer (MDXR) is a cryogenic transfer radiometer for providing calibrations of collimated infrared beams in … more

Beamline 4: Ultraviolet Optical Properties and Calibrations

Beamline 4 is a general purpose radiometric beamline consists of a 2 m monochromator to disperse radiation from SURF III. An Absolute Cryogenic … more

Beamline 2: Spectrometer Calibrations

Absolute irradiance calibrations based on the calculability of synchrotron radiation are performed on beamline 2. See GOES-R/EXIS and SDO as … more

Beamline 8: EUV Surface Chemistry & Lifetime

Sometime soon, microchip fabricators will take the next major step in the relentless reduction of feature size, from the current minimum of 22 nm … more

Synchrotron Ultraviolet Radiation Facility SURF III

The Synchrotron Ultraviolet Radiation Facility SURF III is operated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology NIST as a stable light … more

Beamline 5: Electron beam imaging

Beamline 5 of the Synchrotron Ultraviolet Radiation Facility is a diagnostics end-station used to determine the transverse size of the stored … more

Software
FPGA-based multicoincidence recipe and software

This project allows investigators to build their own data acquisition instruments to collect and statistically process data in real time, then … more

Old Version of FPGA

NOTE: THIS PAGE REFERS TO THE ORIGINAL VERSION OF THIS PROJECT. THE NEWEST VERSION, DATED JANUARY 2015, CAN BE FOUND HERE.   This first (and … more

Modeled integrated scattering tool (MIST)

The MIST program has been developed to provide users with a general application to model an integrated scattering system. The program performs an … more

SCATMECH

SCATMECH is an object-oriented C++ class library developed to distribute models for light scattering applications. Included in the library are … more

NIST's Integrated colony enumerator (NICE)

Enumeration of bacterial colonies on an agar plate is simple in concept, but automated colony counting is difficult due to variations in colony … more

jb95 Spectral fitting program

A graphical user interface program, JB95 , based on a Windows 95 © API platform has been written in the C programming language to aid in the … more

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