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Raju Datla

Dr. Datla’s areas of research include radiometry in the ultraviolet, visible, and infrared spectral regions; design of electro optical sensor calibration setups; and cryogenic radiometer standards.

Dr. Datla received Commerce Department Bronze Medal for establishing the Low Background IR (LBIR) Calibration facility at NIST. This facility established standards for measuring absolute radiant flux from sources as well as spectral responsivity of long wavelength infrared detectors for the Missile Defense Organization (MDA). He has organized workshops and led efforts to improve standards and calibrations for space based optical remote sensing satellite sensors. For his work advancing the field of infrared optical measurements in support of U.S. missile defense, he received Commerce Department Silver Medal.

Dr. Datla has often represented NIST and briefed the Infrared and Visible Optical Sensors (IVOS) Subgroup and the Working Group on Calibration and Validation (WGCV) of Committee on Earth Observing Satellites (CEOS) about the progress at NIST in the development of standards and calibration capabilities in support of Earth Observing System (EOS) at NASA and NPOESS at NOVA.

In addition, Dr. Datla completed his Masters degree in Technology Management at the University of Maryland University College in 1997 and had been involved in developing the strategic management process at the Optical Technology Division at NIST.


Sensor Science Division
Infrared Technology Group

Employment History:

1984-present, NIST, Gaithersburg, MD

1975-1985, University of Maryland, College Park, MD


Ph.D.  Physics, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

M.S.  Physics, Andhra University, Waltair, India

B.Sc.  Physics, Andhra University, Waltair, India


Phone: 301-975-2131
Email: raju.datla@nist.gov
Fax: 301-869-5700