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Thomas A. Germer

Dr. Germer, a researcher in the field of optics at surfaces, has been at NIST since 1992. His main interests involve the measurement and interpretation of light scattering from surfaces, optical polarization measurements, optics of structured surfaces, optical imaging theory, and general spectrophotometry.

He has received the Department of Commerce Bronze and Silver Medals, the NIST Chapter of Sigma Xi Young Scientist Award, and is a Fellow member of SPIE.

Research projects:

Optical Scattering from Surfaces
Bidirectional Optical Scattering Facility
Optical Scattering Software
   SCATMECH: Polarized Light Scattering C++ Class Library
   Modeled Integrated Scatter Tool (MIST)
Biomedical Optics
Optical Grating Scatterometry
Focused beam spectroscopic ellipsometer
Nanoscale Optical Imaging

Thomas Germer


Sensor Science Division
Laser Applications Group


Ph.D. Physics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

M.S. Physics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

B.A. Physics, University of California, Berkeley CA


Phone: 301-975-2876
Fax: 301-975-6991