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NIST Shows How to Make a Compact Frequency Comb in Minutes
Release Date: 07/11/2013

Laser frequency combs—high-precision tools for measuring different colors of light in an ever-growing range of applications such as advanced … more

Microscopy Technique Could Help Computer Industry Develop 3-D Components
Release Date: 06/25/2013

A technique developed several years ago at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for improving optical microscopes now has … more

'Standard Quantum Limit' Smashed, Could Mean Better Fiber-Optic Comms
Release Date: 01/08/2013

Communicating with light may soon get a lot easier, hints recent research* from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the … more

Photons Emitted by Quantum Dots Can be Made Indistinguishable Through Quantum Frequency Conversion
Release Date: 12/19/2012

The quantum frequency conversion system uses two pump lasers whose frequency difference is matched to the difference between the two input photon … more

New Wave: JILA Develops Efficient Source of Terahertz Radiation
Release Date: 01/19/2011

JILA researchers have developed a laser-based source of terahertz radiation that is unusually efficient and less prone to damage than similar … more

Stacking the Deck: Single Photons Observed at Seemingly Faster-than-Light Speeds
Release Date: 01/26/2010

(Top) A single photon travels through alternating layers of low (blue) and high (green) refractive index material more slowly (top) or quickly … more

Making a Point: Picoscale Stability in a Room-Temperature AFM
Release Date: 03/24/2009

Forget dancing angels, a research team from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Colorado (CU) has … more

Bon MOT: Innovative Atom Trap Catches Highly Magnetic Atoms
Release Date: 04/01/2008

A research team from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Maryland has succeeded in cooling atoms of a … more

Loopy Photons Clarify ’Spookiness‘ of Quantum Physics
Release Date: 03/18/2008

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Joint Quantum Institute (NIST/University of Maryland) have … more

Enhanced LIDAR Improves Range, Vibration Measures
Release Date: 02/02/2006

Conventional laser ranging systems would fail to produce usable data on the range to a target about 1 kilometer away (false color image, top). By … more

NIST Finds Rough Spot in Surface Measurement
Release Date: 07/13/2005

For makers of computers, disk drives and other sophisticated technologies, a guiding principle is the smoother the surfaces of chips and other … more

New NIST Method Improves Accuracy of Spectrometers
Release Date: 06/16/2005

Measurements of the intensity of light at different wavelengths can be made more accurately now, thanks to a new, simple method for correcting … more

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