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Rob Vest

Mr. Vest graduated from Brown University in 1991 with a Sc.B in physics. While at Brown, he worked on superconducting edge bolometers for use in solar neutrino detectors. During this time, he also worked on the NIST racetrack microtron and free electron laser project as a control system designer and computer programmer. He came on staff at NIST in 1991 in the far and extreme ultraviolet detector program, making calibration measurements and performing research in the development and characterization of detectors. In 1998 he assumed the leadership of the far and extreme ultraviolet detector program and continues to perform research in EUV radiometry techniques, technology, and applications and to provide calibration and metrology support to the EUV user community.

Research Interests:

  • Interaction of Extreme Ultraviolet Radiation and Matter
  • EUV Radiation Detectors and Detection Techniques
  • Radiometry
  • Calibration of EUV Detectors and EUV Scientific Instruments
  • Space-Based Observation Systems
  • Applications of Synchrotron Radiation
  • Detection of Thermal Neutrons with Far Ultraviolet Excimer Emission


  • U.S. Patent No. 8,816,296, "Noble-Gas-Excimer Detectors of Slow Neutrons," 2014
  • Department of Commerce Bronze Medal, 2010
  • R&D 100 Award, 2008
  • NIST William P. Slichter Award, 2007
  • Department of Commerce Bronze Medal, 2004
  • NIST Judson C. French Award, 2001

Professional Activities:

  • Leader, Far and Extreme Ultraviolet Detector Calibration Program
  • Leader, Near Ultraviolet Detector Calibration Program
  • Member, Optical Society of America
  • Ether-Net Subnet Administrator
Staff photo of Rob Vest.


Sensor Science Division
Ultraviolet Radiation Group

Employment History:

1988-present, NIST, Gaithersburg, MD


Sc.B. Physics, Brown University, Providence, RI


Phone: 301-975-3992
Email: rvest@nist.gov
Fax: 301-208-6937