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STARR II
Last Updated Date: 11/13/2014

STARR II is a facility for measuring reflectance and scattering of materials in the ultraviolet to short-wave infrared wavelength range (230 nm to … more

Spectrophotometry
Last Updated Date: 07/31/2014

Spectrophotometry is the quantitative measurement of the reflection or transmission properties of a material as a function of wavelength. While … more

Photometry
Last Updated Date: 07/15/2014

The purpose of photometry is to measure light in a way that takes the sensitivity of human visual system into account. While radiometry measures … more

State-resolved Biomolecular Spectroscopies
Last Updated Date: 07/03/2014

Sensitive and fully state resolved spectroscopic methods in the terahertz (THz) and ultraviolet (UV) regions are being developed to investigate … more

In Situ Measurement Techniques
Last Updated Date: 07/01/2014

Synthetic cell membrane constructs allow the simplification and complete control of a more complicated cellular system, as well as the … more

Terahertz Imaging and Sources
Last Updated Date: 03/24/2014

Imaging in the terahertz frequency range enables the detection of concealed weapons and other contraband (e.g., explosives under clothing) without … more

Solid-state lighting metrology
Last Updated Date: 01/14/2014

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 Radiometry
Last Updated Date: 10/29/2013

Accurate characterization of optoelectronic equipment is important to applications such as optical telecommunications, medical devices, materials … more

Detector metrology
Last Updated Date: 08/22/2013

High performance radiometers with selected optical detectors are being designed, characterized, and calibrated in the Optical Sensor Group for the … more

Optical medical imaging
Last Updated Date: 08/02/2013

The Optical Medical Imaging program was established to advance the application of optical imaging in surgical, clinical, and medical practices. … more

Hyperspectral Image Projector (HIP)
Last Updated Date: 08/02/2013

Detecting climate change with remote sensing instruments, providing state-of-the-art surveillance imagery for security and defense, or getting the … more

Frequency Conversion Interfaces for Photonic Quantum Systems
Last Updated Date: 07/02/2013

Optical frequency conversion, in which the color of light is changed, is a process that has numerous applications in physics and technology.  For … more

Thermometry
Last Updated Date: 05/08/2013

The NIST Thermodynamic Metrology Group maintains and develops national standards of temperature (in the range 0.65 K to 1235 K), and supports … more

Lunar spectral irradiance and radiance (LUSI)
Last Updated Date: 04/11/2013

LUnar Spectral Irradiance and radiance (LUSI) is a proposed suite of instruments to radiometrically characterize the Moon for use as an on-orbit … more

Absolute cryogenic infrared radiometry
Last Updated Date: 04/10/2013

In support of defense programs in remote sensing, NIST maintains the scale for infrared radiant flux by using the Absolute Cryogenic radiometer … more

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