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Crystal Unclear: Why Might This Uncanny Crystal Change Laser Design?
Release Date: 08/26/2016

Laser applications may benefit from crystal research by scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and China’s … more

Toxic Algal Blooms in Their True Colors
Release Date: 08/26/2016

Explosive growth of cyanobacteria, also called blue-green algae, is nothing new. In fact, such cyanobacteria probably produced the original oxygen … more

Counting Down to the New Ampere
Release Date: 08/25/2016

After it’s all over, your lights will be just as bright, and your refrigerator just as cold. But very soon the ampere -- the SI base unit of … more

Measuring Tiny Forces with Light
Release Date: 08/24/2016

Photons are bizarre: They have no mass, but they do have momentum. And that allows researchers to do counterintuitive things with photons, such as … more

NIST’s Compact Gyroscope May Turn Heads
Release Date: 08/23/2016

Shrink rays may exist only in science fiction, but similar effects are at work in the real world at the National Institute of Standards and … more

An Optical Method of Sorting Nanoparticles by Size
Release Date: 08/17/2016

A schematic diagram of how the sorting system more

Realizing the Potential of Quantum Information Science and Advancing High-Performance Computing
Release Date: 07/27/2016

The White House announced today a new report from the National Science and Technology Council on challenges, opportunities and the path forward in … more

Detecting Brain Waves with Atomic Vapor
Release Date: 07/26/2016

It’s really hard to hear what the brain is saying. Neural impulses -- currents of ions moving through channels between the brain’s 100 billion … more

In Its First Measurement of Planck’s Constant, NIST’s Newest Watt Balance Brings World One Step Closer to New Kilogram
Release Date: 06/21/2016

A high-tech version of an old-fashioned balance scale at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has just brought scientists a … more

Physicists measured something new in the radioactive decay of neutrons. The experiment inspired theorists; future ones could reveal new physics.
Release Date: 06/14/2016

The experiment inspired theorists; future ones could reveal new physics. A physics experiment performed at the National Institute of Standards and … more

NIST’s Super Quantum Simulator ‘Entangles’ Hundreds of Ions
Release Date: 06/09/2016

Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have “entangled” or linked together the properties of up to 219 beryllium … more

NIST System Replicated by Chip Maker
Release Date: 06/06/2016

Coplanar wave guide, developed at NIST, used to apply microwave magnetic fields to multilayer films for ferromagnetic resonance measurements. A … more

Million-Pound Deadweight Machine Officially Open for Business
Release Date: 06/02/2016

The last few bolts were tightened just weeks ago – by hand. Now fully restored, NIST’s 4.45 meganewton (one million pounds-force) deadweight … more

SF6 Shows Promise as Mercury Substitute
Release Date: 05/27/2016

PML's Weston Tew with the new triple-point cel more

Powered by Quantum Cycles: Cold-Atom Pump
Release Date: 05/25/2016

By manipulating the behavior of particles at a quantum level, scientists at the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI, a research partnership of NIST and … more

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