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Programs and Projects
Theory of the optical properties of materials

The overarching objective of this project is reliably calculating the bulk optical properties of materials, such as complex index of refraction, … more

Cold Core Technology Platform

We are building a cold-atom based sensor program that represents a new approach to metrology—to establish a set of chip-scale tools that enable … more

SDO/EVE/ESP Calibration

NASA launched the Solar Dynamics Observatory ( SDO ) satellite on 11 Feb 2010 on a mission to study the sun. The EUV Variability Experiment ( EVE … more

Solid-state lighting metrology

With the rise of new, energy-efficient solid-state lighting (SSL) systems has come the need for new performance metrics and measurement methods to … more

Laser Applications

High power lasers capable of continuous output powers ranging from hundreds of watts to tens-of-thousands of watts present exciting opportunities … more

Infrared optical properties of materials and components

Accurate measurements of the optical properties of materials in the infrared spectral range play an increasingly important role in the aerospace … more

Beamline 7:  EUV reflectometry

The NIST/DARPA EUV Reflectometry facility began in the late 1980's to make measurements of the reflectivity of EUV multilayer optics for … more

Beamline 8: EUV Surface Chemistry & Lifetime

The purpose of the end station on Beamline 8 at the Synchrotron Ultraviolet Radiation Facility (SURF III) is to study the degradation of materials … more

EUV Detector Radiometry Beamline

The EUV Detector Radiometry Beamline (BL-9) is devoted to detector-based radiometry and other measurements of optical properties in the extreme … more

Beamline 2: Spectrometer Calibrations

Absolute irradiance calibrations based on the calculability of synchrotron radiation are performed on beamline 2. See GOES-R/EXIS and SDO as … more

Beamline 1: Degradation of EUV filters and mirrors

Beamline 1 separates a swath of light from the SURF III electron storage ring into two parts. The first part is collected in Beamline 1a by a … more

BMDO transfer radiometer (BXR)

NIST developed the BMDO transfer radiometer (BXR) to calibrate small-aperture blackbodies for the test facilities of the Missile Defense Agency … more

jb95 Spectral fitting program

A graphical user interface program, JB95 , based on a Windows 95 © API platform has been written in the C programming language to aid in the … more

FPGA-based Digital Control Box for Phase Stabilization of a Frequency Comb

This page provides information on firmware/software used at NIST to phase-lock a frequency comb. The firmware/software operates with hardware that … more

Modeled integrated scattering tool (MIST)

The MIST program has been developed to provide users with a general application to model an integrated scattering system. The program performs an … more


SCATMECH is an object-oriented C++ class library developed to distribute models for light scattering applications. Included in the library are … more

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