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OOF: Finite Element Analysis of Microstructures
Last Updated Date: 12/03/2015

The OOF project seeks to provide flexible software for finite-element modeling the behavior of real microstructures, with meshes derived from … more

Optical Characterization of Advanced Thin Films
Last Updated Date: 11/10/2015

A wide range of technologies are impacted by the performance of thin (<100 nm) layers of advanced materials. This is particularly true in the … more

Enriching Silicon-28 to >99.9999% for Quantum Information
Last Updated Date: 10/29/2015

Within the field of quantum computing research, silicon wafers have been identified as a natural substrate on which to form qubits using gate … more

Ceramic Phase Equilibrium Data
Last Updated Date: 10/14/2015

Advanced ceramics and inorganic materials are critically enabling elements in devices and systems across many technology sectors, such as … more

Quantum Processing
Last Updated Date: 10/05/2015

Quantum coherent materials have become important in magnetic sensors as well as information processing technology. For magnetic sensors, … more

Personal Body Armor
Last Updated Date: 09/23/2015

Our goal is to prevent the catastrophic failure of ballistic body armor by developing measurements and predictive models to test and determine the … more

Use of a laser-driven plasma source in ultraviolet-detector calibrations
Last Updated Date: 08/25/2015

The National Institute of Standards and Technology operates two spectral comparator facilities, both of which are used to provide detector … more

Quantum Dot coated CMOS CID arrays for the UV and VUV
Last Updated Date: 08/25/2015

A technique has been developed for coating commercial off the shelf (COTS) detector arrays with a thin, uniform layer of quantum dots. The quantum … more

Advanced Linear and Nonlinear Optical Properties of Materials
Last Updated Date: 08/06/2015

High-accuracy linear and nonlinear optical properties of materials used for leading-edge optical technologies are measured and characterized to … more

Designing the Nanoworld: Nanostructures, Nanodevices, and Nanooptics
Last Updated Date: 08/04/2015

Nano and atomic scale theory of the electronic, optical and mechanical properties of ultrasmall structures, such as semiconductor quantum dots and … more

In Situ Characterization of Nanoscale Gas-Solid Interactions by TEM
Last Updated Date: 07/24/2015

Observing and measuring the dynamic changes that take place at the nanometer scale during the synthesis and operation of active nanostructures is … more

Fluid Suspensions & Emulsions
Last Updated Date: 07/23/2015

We are trying to help take colloidal rheology understanding beyond uniformly charged spheres to particles with more complex interactions, through … more

Single Molecule Fluorescence Measurements of Nanoscale Proton Distributions in Photoresist
Last Updated Date: 07/20/2015

The semiconductor industry’s remarkable progress in making integrated circuits smaller, faster and cheaper relies on continual improvements in … more

Nanoplasmonics and Three-Dimensional Plasmonic Metamaterials
Last Updated Date: 07/20/2015

Metamaterials are tailor-made photonic composites--combinations of materials designed to achieve optical properties not seen in nature. The … more

DNA Origami for Precise Manufacturing of Nanoscale Structures
Last Updated Date: 07/20/2015

Over the past decade nanoscale science has produced varied and fascinating nanostructures with an extraordinary range of interesting and useful … more

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