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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

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

Publications

Modelling photovoltaic soiling losses through optical characterization

Author(s)
Greg P. Smestad, Thomas A. Germer, Hameed Alrashidi, Eduardo F. Fern?ndez, Sumon Dey, Paidisetty S. Kumar, Honey Brahma, Aritra Ghosh, Nazmi Sellami, Ibrahim A. Hassan, Amal Kasry, Bala Pesala, S. Senthilarasu, Florencia Almonacid, K. S. Reddy, Tapas K. Mallick, Leonardo Micheli
The accumulation of soiling on photovoltaic (PV) modules affects PV systems worldwide. Soiling consists of mineral dust, soot particles, aerosols, pollen, fungi
Created October 9, 2019, Updated July 24, 2020