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Mitchell Furst

Dr. Furst is the contact for radiometric calibrations using the NASA Spectrometer Calibration Beamline at the Synchrotron Ultraviolet Radiation Facility (SURF III). As part of the SURF operations staff, he helps maintain and improve the storage ring as the national primary UV irradiance source.

He was a member of the team that put together the new magnet structure in 1998. This new magnet has azimuthal symmetry at the orbit of the electron beam of about 1 part in 10000 at the standard operating energy of 380 MeV.

Research interests

  • Ultraviolet Radiometry

Awards and honors

  • Department of Commerce Silver Medal Silver Medal Award for Exceptional Service, 2006
  • NIST Judson C. French Award, 2001
  • NIST Special Service Award, 1996
  • NIST Bronze Medal, 1992

Professional Activities

Member of the American Physical Society

Furst, Mitch


Sensor Science Division
Ultraviolet Radiation Group

Employment History:

1987-present, NIST, Gaithersburg, MD


Ph.D. Physics, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

M.S. Physics, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

B.S. Physics and Earth and Space Science, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY


Phone: (301) 975-6378
Email: mitchell.furst@nist.gov
Fax: (301) 208-6937