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New Chip-Based Sensor Finds Power in Versatility
Release Date: 04/26/2016

Prototype Deconstructed: PML's John Lehman holds a circular wafer full of chips, each of which features a carbon nanotube-coated "lollipop." When … more

Optical Clocks Synched to Femtoseconds Over Air
Release Date: 04/21/2016

TOP: Time information is transmitted between sites across a turbulent air path. Real-time feedback is supplied to the clock at site B to … more

New Nanodevice Shifts Light's Color at Single-Photon Level
Release Date: 04/18/2016

Converting a single photon from one color, or frequency, to another is an essential tool in quantum communication, which harnesses the subtle … more

Transforming Welding with Comprehensive NIST Metrology
Release Date: 02/02/2016

NIST director Willie May and PML NRC postdoc Brian Simonds with the welding booth in the new facility on NIST's Boulder, Colo., campus. Welding … more

Shiny and (Electro)chrome: New Twist on Old Tech Could Bring Living Color at Low Power
Release Date: 02/02/2016

By marrying state-of-the-art nanometer-scale gratings with a Space Age-era thin-film polymer, researchers working at the National Institute of … more

Thinking Outside the Cuvette: To Measure Dimensions of Skinny Glass Container, PML Scientists Get Creative
Release Date: 02/01/2016

Wei Ren with the triangulation probe and a cuvette. Click image for larger version. J.L. Lee/PML Let’s say you’re a biotechnologist working to … more

Ringing in a New Way to Measure and Modulate Trapped Light
Release Date: 12/22/2015

Researchers working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a novel way to noninvasively measure and map how … more

Photonic Thermometers: Out of the Lab, Into a Bucket of Water
Release Date: 04/28/2015

Close-ups of two "packaged" photonic thermometers, each with its ponytail of optical fibers. A droplet of hardened, transparent epoxy (center) … more

A New MAP for LED Lighting
Release Date: 02/19/2015

Ben Tsai (left) and Maria Nadal demonstrate one kind of solid-state light that can be more

NISTAR Radiometer Scheduled to Fly
Release Date: 12/02/2014

The NISTAR instrument prior to mounting on the DSCOVR spacecraft. The NIST Advanced Radiometer (NISTAR), mothballed for more than a decade, is … more

Low Error-Rate Detectors for Telecom
Release Date: 12/02/2014

NIST scientists have devised an experimental photon-detection system for communications with error rates far below even the most ideal … more

Ocean Color Standard Developed
Release Date: 11/24/2014

Testing the spectral properties of the tile. Image: Joaquim Goes/NOAA. The world's oceans face multiple threats, and fisheries, marine biologists, … more

First Photonic Pressure Sensor
Release Date: 10/29/2014

For almost 400 years, mercury gauges have prevailed as the most accurate way to measure pressure. Now, within weeks of seeing “first light,” a … more

Generating Numbers of Photons
Release Date: 09/25/2014

A NIST team is at work on what promises to be one of the world’s most accurate methods for generating a specified number of photons, and has … more

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