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Surface Plasmon Resonance Imaging of Cells and Extracellular Matrix Proteins
Last Updated Date: 10/10/2012

A critical challenge in cell biology is imaging and quantifying the interactions of cells with their extracellular matrix (ECM) environment, and … more

Chemical/Biochemical Microsensor Science
Last Updated Date: 10/02/2012

The Process Sensing Group at NIST is investigating a range of fundamental and technological issues related to next-generation chemical and … more

Applied spectroradiometry and imaging metrology
Last Updated Date: 10/02/2012

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

Vision science
Last Updated Date: 10/02/2012

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

Spectral responsivity measurement
Last Updated Date: 10/02/2012

NIST provides calibration of the spectral responsivity and spatial uniformity of photodetectors for use in industrial and government labs. These … more

Energy Determination of X-Ray Transition Energies Using the NIST TES Microcalorimeter Detector
Last Updated Date: 10/02/2012

Previous efforts to produce a comprehensive tabulation of atomic x-ray transition energies have been hampered by the fact that a) detectors having … more

Molecular Orbital Structure of Energetic Nitrogen Compounds from X-Ray Emission Spectroscopy
Last Updated Date: 10/02/2012

When chemical compounds of low-Z elements are excited by x-rays, the ionized core states are filled from the valence band. The molecular orbital … more

Inkjet Gravimetry
Last Updated Date: 10/02/2012

Gravimetric and optical methods were developed to assure quantitative deposition of compounds from nano-dispense devices onto the surfaces of … more

Spectroscopic Measurements of Atmospheric Gases for Monitoring Greenhouse Gases
Last Updated Date: 10/01/2012

Climate scientists are developing a new generation of spectrometers for the NASA-sponsored inventory of atmospheric greenhouse gases, most notably … more

Plasma Process Metrology
Last Updated Date: 10/01/2012

Our multifaceted program provides numerous outputs to assist our customers. First, we develop and evaluate a variety of measurement techniques … more

Metrologies for Protein Structure, Function, and Modeling
Last Updated Date: 10/01/2012

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

Dosimetry Standardization for Radiobiology
Last Updated Date: 08/21/2012

A program for the development of dosimetry standards for radiobiology was launched through a highly successful workshop.  The … more

Nanomagnetic Imaging
Last Updated Date: 08/20/2012

The microscopic arrangement of the magnetic structure within a thin metal film plays a fundamental role in many technological applications ranging … more

Novel Sources for Focused-ion Beams
Last Updated Date: 08/14/2012

Focused beams of ions have a wide range of uses, from nanoscale imaging to the fabrication of nanomaterials.  At the CNST, researchers are … more

Micro- and Nano-Mechanical Systems
Last Updated Date: 07/25/2012

Micro- and nano-optomechanical systems are being investigated experimentally to bring these systems toward the quantum limit, study quantum … more

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