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Precision Measurement Grants Program
Last Updated Date: 12/16/2014

Since 1970, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded Precision Measurement Grants to faculty members of U.S. … more

Applied spectroradiometry and imaging metrology
Last Updated Date: 12/15/2014

Spectroradiometers are widely used for acquiring colorimetric, photometric, and radiometric quantities with a single measurement for a variety of … more

Solid-state lighting metrology
Last Updated Date: 12/15/2014

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

Terahertz Imaging and Sources
Last Updated Date: 12/11/2014

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

Nanostructure Fabrication and Metrology
Last Updated Date: 12/11/2014

Single photons are the fundamental particles for all optical measurements. Single photon detectors made from avalanche photodiodes or … more

Quantum Sensors
Last Updated Date: 12/11/2014

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

Quantum Information and Measurements
Last Updated Date: 12/11/2014

America's future prosperity and security may rely in part on the exotic properties of quantum mechanics. Research on quantum information (QI) … more

Synchrotron X-ray Measurement Method Development
Last Updated Date: 12/01/2014

Our goal is to develop state of-the-art synchrotron X-ray measurement technology, including instrumentation, methods, and analytical tools, to … more

Synchrotron X-ray Measurements
Last Updated Date: 12/01/2014

Our objective is to provide comprehensive descriptions of the structure of advanced materials and devices by performing synchrotron-based … more

Synchrotron Beamline Operations
Last Updated Date: 12/01/2014

Our objective is to ensure that the NIST beamlines U7A, X23A2, and X24A, located at the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) at Brookhaven … more

Metrologies for Protein Structure, Function, and Modeling
Last Updated Date: 12/01/2014

NIST researchers in the Macromolecular Structure and Function Group are involved in a joint research program with scientists from the University … more

Vision science
Last Updated Date: 11/28/2014

The Vision Science program was established to develop new photometric and colorimetric standards based on vision science to facilitate development … more

Optical grating scatterometry
Last Updated Date: 11/28/2014

This program aims to develop standards, methods, and modeling for assessing the periodic structures using optical reflectance and transmittance … more

Optical scattering from surfaces
Last Updated Date: 11/28/2014

We study how material properties, surface topography, and contaminants affect the distribution of light scattered from surfaces. Our aim is to … more

Molecular spectroscopy
Last Updated Date: 11/28/2014

The molecular spectroscopy sub-group carries out vibrational and rotational spectroscopic analyses on experimental data obtained primarily in the … more

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