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Multi-Photon Laser Cooling
Last Updated Date: 05/27/2015

Laser cooling of atoms is a powerful and widely used tool in atomic physics. Traditional laser cooling relies primarily on the mechanical effect of … more

Plasma Metrology
Last Updated Date: 05/27/2015

Experimental and computational techniques in support of commercial and scientific uses of plasmas.

Atomic Spectroscopy Data Center
Last Updated Date: 05/27/2015

Critical compilations of atomic energy levels, transition wavelengths, and transition probabilities. Online databases. more

Electron Beam Ion Trap (EBIT) Facility
Last Updated Date: 05/27/2015

The NIST EBIT Facility is used to investigate the science and applications of highly charged ions.

Advanced Microwave Photonics
Last Updated Date: 05/13/2015

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

Laser Radiometry
Last Updated Date: 05/08/2015

Accurate characterization of photonic equipment is important for optical communications, medical devices, semiconductor lithography, manufacturing … more

Bilateral Comparison of Spectral Responsivity in the Vacuum-Ultraviolet
Last Updated Date: 04/23/2015

To compare the calibration capabilities for the spectral responsivity in the vacuum-ultraviolet spectral region between 135 nm and 250 nm, PTB and … more

NIST Standard Reference Simulation Website
Last Updated Date: 04/15/2015

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

Building the next generation reference reflectometer
Last Updated Date: 04/10/2015

ROSI (Robotic Optical Scatter Instrument) is a new facility for measuring reflectance and scattering of materials in the ultraviolet to short-wave … more

State-resolved Biomolecular Spectroscopies
Last Updated Date: 03/30/2015

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

Primary optical watt radiometer (POWR)
Last Updated Date: 03/30/2015

The Sensor Science Division of NIST realizes and maintains the unit of optical power (watt) with the NIST reference cryogenic radiometer, Primary … more

Lunar spectral irradiance and radiance (LUSI)
Last Updated Date: 03/30/2015

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

Synchrotron Radiation-Based Calibrations for Space Weather Prediction
Last Updated Date: 03/24/2015

Orbital ultraviolet and extreme-ultraviolet spectrometers are calibrated on beamline 2, taking advantage of the calculability of synchrotron … more

Theoretical Mass Spectrometry
Last Updated Date: 03/18/2015

Mass spectrometry is an important technique in analytical chemistry, essential in areas including drug development, criminal and agricultural … more

Nanomagnetic Imaging
Last Updated Date: 02/25/2015

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

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