The mission of the Quantum Electronics and Photonics Division is to advance measurement science and technology throughout the electromagnetic spectrum in areas of critical importance to national priority needs. These areas include advanced manufacturing, national security, biological innovations, climate change science, and clean energy. The Division provides industry, and its suppliers and customers, with comprehensive measurement capabilities and standards, as well as traceability to those standards.
The Division's key competencies include radiometry, advanced communications, sensing, imaging, quantum measurements, signal metrology, biophotonics, spectroscopy, forensics, and laser safety. In addition, the Division operates a state-of-the-art micro/nano-fabrication and imaging facility to create and characterize unique devices that improve measurement science, standards, and services. Our focus on a targeted set of technical challenges enables us to maximize impact and benefit from collaborations with industry, government, and university stakeholders.
On right, "cupcakes" of vertically aligned carbon nanotube arrays (VANTAs) grown on silicon, which appears purple in the photo. On left, scanning electron microscope (SEM) image of VANTAs. With the VANTA structures, NIST researchers have achieved near unity absorption over an unprecedented broad wavelength range - from visible to far infrared.