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Broadband Coherent anti-Stokes Raman Spectroscopy of Thin Films
Last Updated Date: 01/23/2015

Coherent anti-Stokes Raman Scattering (CARS) is a high sensitivity alternative to conventional Raman spectroscopy. Ultrafast lasers are used to … more

Synchrotron Beamline Operations
Last Updated Date: 01/22/2015

Our objective is to ensure that the NIST beamlines U7A, X23A2, and X24A, located at the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) at Brookhaven … more

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

Optical medical imaging
Last Updated Date: 01/13/2015

The Optical Medical Imaging program was established to advance the application of optical imaging in surgical, clinical, and medical practices. … more

Spectrophotometry
Last Updated Date: 01/08/2015

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

Vision science
Last Updated Date: 01/06/2015

The Vision Science program was established to develop new photometric and colorimetric standards based on vision science to facilitate development … 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

Precision Measurement Grants Program
Last Updated Date: 12/29/2014

Since 1970, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded Precision Measurement Grants to faculty members of U.S. … 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

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