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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

STARR II
Last Updated Date: 11/14/2012

STARR II is a facility for measuring reflectance and scattering of materials in the ultraviolet to short-wave infrared wavelength range (230 nm to … more

Quantum
Last Updated Date: 10/26/2012

Quantum science and engineering has the potential to revolutionize 21st century technology in much the same way that lasers, electronics, and … more

Optical scattering from surfaces
Last Updated Date: 10/25/2012

We study how material properties, surface topography, and contaminants affect the distribution of light scattered from surfaces. Our aim is to … more

Optical grating scatterometry
Last Updated Date: 10/25/2012

This program aims to develop standards, methods, and modeling for assessing the periodic structures using optical reflectance and transmittance … more

Nano-biophotonics for molecular imaging
Last Updated Date: 10/18/2012

Biophotonics is at the intersection of photonics and biology where light is used to image, detect, and manipulate biological materials. This … more

State-resolved Biomolecular Spectroscopies
Last Updated Date: 10/18/2012

Sensitive and fully state resolved spectroscopic methods in the terahertz (THz) and ultraviolet (UV) regions are being developed to investigate … more

Biophysics of Model Membranes
Last Updated Date: 10/18/2012

Synthetic cell membrane constructs allow the simplification and complete control of a more complicated cellular system, as well as the … more

Color and appearance
Last Updated Date: 10/17/2012

We are developing instrumentation, standards artifacts, and measurement protocols to characterize appearance attributes including color, texture, … more

Surface Plasmon Resonance Imaging of Cells and Extracellular Matrix Proteins
Last Updated Date: 10/10/2012

A critical challenge in cell biology is imaging and quantifying the interactions of cells with their extracellular matrix (ECM) environment, and … more

Synchrotron X-ray Measurements
Last Updated Date: 10/04/2012

Our objective is to provide comprehensive descriptions of the structure of advanced materials and devices by performing synchrotron-based … more

Synchrotron X-ray Measurement Method Development
Last Updated Date: 10/04/2012

Our goal is to develop state of-the-art synchrotron X-ray measurement technology, including instrumentation, methods, and analytical tools, to … more

Chemical/Biochemical Microsensor Science
Last Updated Date: 10/02/2012

The Process Sensing Group at NIST is investigating a range of fundamental and technological issues related to next-generation chemical and … more

Applied spectroradiometry and imaging metrology
Last Updated Date: 10/02/2012

Spectroradiometers are widely used for acquiring colorimetric, photometric, and radiometric quantities with a single measurement for a variety of … more

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