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Synchrotron X-ray Measurements
Last Updated Date: 01/22/2015

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: 01/22/2015

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

Plasma Process Metrology
Last Updated Date: 01/20/2015

Our multifaceted program provides numerous outputs to assist our customers. First, we develop and evaluate a variety of measurement techniques … more

Metrologies for Protein Structure, Function, and Modeling
Last Updated Date: 01/20/2015

NIST researchers in the Macromolecular Structure and Function Group are involved in a joint research program with scientists from the University … more

Molecular spectroscopy
Last Updated Date: 01/13/2015

The molecular spectroscopy sub-group carries out vibrational and rotational spectroscopic analyses on experimental data obtained primarily in the … more

Photometry
Last Updated Date: 01/06/2015

The purpose of photometry is to measure light in a way that takes the sensitivity of human visual system into account. While radiometry measures … more

Solid-state lighting metrology
Last Updated Date: 01/06/2015

With the rise of new, energy-efficient solid-state lighting (SSL) systems has come the need for new performance metrics and measurement methods to … more

Terahertz Imaging and Sources
Last Updated Date: 12/11/2014

Imaging in the terahertz frequency range enables the detection of concealed weapons and other contraband (e.g., explosives under clothing) without … more

Nanostructure Fabrication and Metrology
Last Updated Date: 12/11/2014

Single photons are the fundamental particles for all optical measurements. Single photon detectors made from avalanche photodiodes or … more

Optical grating scatterometry
Last Updated Date: 11/28/2014

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

Optical scattering from surfaces
Last Updated Date: 11/28/2014

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

Theory of the optical properties of materials
Last Updated Date: 11/28/2014

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

Diffraction effects in radiometry
Last Updated Date: 11/28/2014

We want to quantify the breakdown of geometrical optics when computing the throughput of optical systems for the purpose of calculating … more

Quantum
Last Updated Date: 10/14/2014

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

Optoelectrical Characterization of Nanostructured Photovoltaic Materials and Devices
Last Updated Date: 03/24/2014

Photovoltaics technology is usually categorized into three generations: 1) devices based on polysilicon; 2) devices based on thin-film direct … more

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