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Physics research at NIST includes everything from improving the safety of medical radiation procedures to developing future "quantum information" technologies that generate unbreakable codes. NIST provides the measurements, standards, and technical expertise scientists and industries need to push the limits of the fundamental properties of nature.


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Nano-Structured Optics and Optical Surface Metrology

Aspheric, free-form, and nano-structured surfaces are indispensable in high-performance optical systems. The ability to accurately manufacture … more

Affect of Partial Charge Calculation Method on Adsorption Thermodynamics

In classical molecular simulations, electrostatic contributions to the potential energy are typically accounted for by assigning partial charges … more

NIST Standard Reference Simulation Website

The Standard Reference Simulation Website is an ongoing project whose aim is to provide well-documented simulation results for a variety of … more

Newtonian constant of gravitation international consortium

The Newtonian constant of gravitation G is one of the most fundamental constants of classical physics. Recent measurements of G are in … more

Quantum Sensors

The Quantum Sensors Project develops sensors based on quantum phenomena for spectroscopy, imaging, and other precision measurements for … more

Femtosecond Laser Frequency Combs for Optical Clocks

We develop self-referenced mode-locked femtosecond lasers that function as the "gears" of optical clocks. The femtosecond laser clockwork is … more

Transfer spectrophotometer

A Perkin-Elmer Lambda 1050 spectrophotometer is used to complement the reference instruments. It performs this function by measuring samples … more

Reference transmittance spectrophotometer

The Reference Transmittance Spectrophotometer (RTS) is the national reference instrument for regular spectral transmittance measurements of … more


STARR is the national reference instrument for spectral reflectance measurements of spectrally neutral, non-fluorescent samples at room … more

Continuous-wave terahertz spectrometer

The continuous-wave terahertz spectrometer makes use of two near-infrared lasers. The first laser is a fixed-frequency cw ring Ti:Saph laser … more

Ultrafast Terahertz Spectroscopy and Imaging

Three independent femtosecond laser systems are used for generating ultrafast pulses in the mid-IR (and Terahertz(THz) spectral regions through … more

Primary optical watt radiometer (POWR) facility

POWR is a cryogenic electrical substitution radiometer that serves as the Nation's optical power reference. more

NIST's Integrated colony enumerator (NICE)

Enumeration of bacterial colonies on an agar plate is simple in concept, but automated colony counting is difficult due to variations in colony … 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

Electron holography

An electron hologram is a fringe modulated image containing the amplitude and phase information of an electron transparent object. The HolograFREE … more


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

Noncollinear phase matching in uniaxial and biaxial crystals

Although significant work has been done to characterize collinear phase matching and to present many of its applications, noncollinear phase … more

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