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Nano-biophotonics for molecular imaging
Last Updated Date: 12/16/2015

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

Boulder MicroFabrication Facility
Last Updated Date: 12/16/2015

The Boulder MicroFabrication Facility (BMF) is an 18,000 square feet class 100 clean room located in the new Katharine Blodgett Gebbie Laboratory. … more

Infrared optical properties of materials and components
Last Updated Date: 12/08/2015

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

Spectrophotometry
Last Updated Date: 12/08/2015

Spectrophotometry is the quantitative measurement of the reflection or transmission properties of a material as a function of wavelength. While … more

OOF: Finite Element Analysis of Microstructures
Last Updated Date: 12/03/2015

The OOF project seeks to provide flexible software for finite-element modeling the behavior of real microstructures, with meshes derived from … more

Advanced Microwave Photonics
Last Updated Date: 11/24/2015

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

Thermometry
Last Updated Date: 11/24/2015

The NIST Thermodynamic Metrology Group maintains and develops national standards of temperature (in the range 0.65 K to 1235 K), and supports … more

Dynamic Pressure
Last Updated Date: 11/23/2015

Manufacturing processes by their very nature require a judicious, time-dependent use of pressure and temperature to transform a base material into … more

Realizing Pressure, Temperature, and Length using Optical Interferometry
Last Updated Date: 11/23/2015

This project aims to fundamentally change the methods for realizing and disseminating the SI units of pressure, temperature, and length. The … more

Laser Radiometry
Last Updated Date: 11/08/2015

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

Enriching Silicon-28 to >99.9999% for Quantum Information
Last Updated Date: 10/29/2015

Within the field of quantum computing research, silicon wafers have been identified as a natural substrate on which to form qubits using gate … more

Terahertz Imaging and Sources
Last Updated Date: 10/13/2015

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: 10/13/2015

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

Integrated Near-field Optoelectronic (INFO) Scanning Probe
Last Updated Date: 10/13/2015

Scanning probe technology is an essential tool for measuring nanostructure properties. A major goal in our project is to develop unique probes … more

GaN Nanowire Growth
Last Updated Date: 10/13/2015

GaN nanowires grown by catalyst-free molecular beam epitaxy have the unique property that most nanowires are completely free of crystalline … more

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