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High Resolution Atomic Spectroscopy


Accurate measurements of atomic wavelengths, energy levels, oscillator strengths and isotope and hyperfine structure using diffraction grating spectrographs, Fourier transform spectrometers.


10.7 m Normal Incidence Spectrograph

For many decades, the Atomic Spectroscopy Group at NIST has measured atomic data of vital use to astronomy and other fields using high resolution spectrometers that are found in few other places in the world. These include a 2-m path difference Fourier transfer (FT)spectrometer, a vacuum ultraviolet FT spectrometer, a 10.7-m normal incidence spectrometer, a 10.7-m normal incidence spectrograph and a 10-m grazing incident spectrograph.

Recent work has focused around two main themes: the measurement of wavelength calibration standards for astronomical telescopes, and the measurement and analysis of wavelengths and energy levels of iron-group element.

Major Accomplishments:

Grating Spectroscopy

Several High-Resolution Instruments, including:
10.7 m Normal Incidence Spectrograph
10.7 m Grazing Incidence Spectrograph
Czerny-Turner Spectrograph
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Fourier Transform Spectrometers

2-m infrared/visible/UV Fourier transform spectrometer
vacuum ultraviolet Fourier transform spectrometer
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Technical inquiries:
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Bldg. 221, Rm. A143
100 Bureau Drive, Stop 8422
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8422