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The United States Patent and Trademark Office defines a patent as, “…a property right granted by the Government of the United States of America to an inventor to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention throughout the United States…” NIST creates hundreds of new technologies each year and some are patented. NIST patents support and champion the development of inventions and encourages the commercialization of those inventions through licenses. NIST’s priority on commercialization supports the President’s Management Agenda (PMA) which identifies, as a priority, the transition of federally funded innovations from the laboratory to the marketplace as well as increasing private sector investment in later-stage research and development. For more information on the PMA visit:

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Recent Patents

A metal cube (RPPM) mounted on a metal surface has round holes cut in each side.

Optical Power Meter

NEW ENABLING TECHNOLOGY NIST scientists have devised a radically new method of determining laser power by measuring the radiation pressure exerted by a laser beam on a reflective surface. High-accuracy power measurements are essential to many manufacturing processes that depend on precise control of
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Optical Parametric Oscillator


Keith R. Lykke, Steven W. Brown, John T. Woodward

Patent Description This invention is a light source that provides high-power (1W to 5W), narrow line-width (<1 nm), quasi-continuous wave (80 MHz) light that can be tuned in wavelength from 340 nm to 2300 nm. See figure below. The light source is fully automated, solid state, and fits on a
Image of the Imaging Spectrometer with an zoomed in view of the XUV laser

Imaging Spectrometer


Norman A. Sanford, Ann Chiaramonti Debay

Patent Description NIST has invented a new laser-assisted atom probe tomography (L-APT). This tool uses photoionization at extreme ultra-violet (EUV) laser photon energies in the approximate range of l 0-100 eV to promote photoionization and photo-disassociation of atomic species and molecular
Image of an map view with the text "Natural gas extraction east of Platteville Colorado. DCS could monitor over 100 sites from central location. Overlapping fields could ensure complete coverage".

Hub and Spoke System for Detecting and Locating Gas Leaks


Gregory B Rieker, Ian Coddington, Nathan R. Newbury, Kuldeep Prasad, Anna Karion

Patent Description The current practice for detecting methane leaks is still in its infancy. There are several environmental regulations that have driven the development of Forward-looking Infrared (FLIR) cameras, thermographic cameras that senses infrared radiation, for detection of Volatile
Image of diagrams for the Classic Mach - Zehnder interferometer, Microwae transmission line based vserion, and guided wave probe tip interacts with sample

Broadband Microwave Phase Shift Detector


Kin P. Cheung, Jason T Ryan, Jason Campbell

Patent Description The new NIST detector senses very small phase shifts in a highly balanced microwave bridge. An electric field optimized microwave probe, in close proximity to a sample, serves to perturb the degree of bridge balance due to a change in effective dielectric constant of the sample
A photo of the noncntact dielectric and conductivity meter for high-throughput processing and a circuit diagram of the circuit used to track the resonant frequency and quality factor of the microwave resonator.

Noncontact Resonameter, Process for making and use of same


Jan Obrzut, Nathan D. Orloff, Christian J. Long

Patent Description A noncontact resonameter includes: a resonator to: produce an excitation signal including a field; subject a sample to the excitation signal; produce a first resonator signal in a presence of the sample and the excitation signal, the first resonator signal including: a first
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Anti-Counterfeiting Article, Process for Making and Using Same


Yaw S. Obeng, Joseph J. Kopanski, Jung-Joon Ahn

Patent Description This invention provides for a new and useful metrology to enable counterfeit detection system capable of uniquely marking items by encoding information in their physical structure at the nanoscale. The system depends on rapidly encoding information in the physical structure of an