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Modeling and Simulation of Nanofabrication (Archived)
Last Updated Date: 07/15/2015

Most manufacturing has historically been based on top-down fabrication and assembly. With rapid advances in nanotechnology, there is increasing … more

Spinor Condensates and Ultracold Collisions
Last Updated Date: 07/10/2015

Interactions between cold atoms can provide us with the means to manipulate matter on the smallest scales. Collisions between laser-cooled atoms, … more

Nonlinear Optics and Non-classical Light
Last Updated Date: 07/10/2015

Nonlinear optics provides a way to generate light with different frequencies and different quantum statistical properties. We have developed a … more

Color and appearance
Last Updated Date: 07/10/2015

We are developing instrumentation, standards artifacts, and measurement protocols to characterize appearance attributes including color, texture, … more

Measurement of the Parity Non-Conserving Neutron Spin Rotation in Liquid Helium
Last Updated Date: 07/09/2015

The Standard Model has been remarkably successful in describing weak interactions between leptons, leptons and hadrons, and in flavor-changing … more

Fabrication and Metrology of Novel Magnetic Tunnel Junctions in the Ultra-thin Barrier Limit
Last Updated Date: 07/07/2015

Magnetic tunnel junctions, nanostructured by highly charged ions, are being probed and characterized to establish the foundation for novel … more

Applications of Quantum Information
Last Updated Date: 07/07/2015

Theory is being developed and used to devise methods for preserving and exploiting the quantum behavior of ever-larger systems for metrology, … more

Air Kerma Measurements in High Energy X-ray Beams
Last Updated Date: 07/06/2015

Cargo-inspection systems employ high-energy x-ray beams from accelerators. These systems are designed to detect potential threats that may be … more

Key Comparison for Air-Kerma From Therapy Level and Radiation Protection Gamma-Ray Beams
Last Updated Date: 07/06/2015

Comparisons for the national standards of air kerma from therapy level and radiation protection gamma-ray beams were conducted by the NIST and the … more

Characterization of Dosimeters Used in Computed Tomography
Last Updated Date: 07/06/2015

In an effort to both reduce and improve the monitoring of radiation dose delivered to patients during computed tomography (CT) procedures, the … more

Air Kerma Calibrations in Radiation Protection Level 137Cs and 60Co Gamma Ray Beams
Last Updated Date: 07/06/2015

The Dosimetry Group maintains and disseminates the national measurement standards for air-kerma (exposure) from 137 Cs and 60 Co gamma-ray beams … more

Design and Construction of a New Cs-137 Gamma-ray Calibration Facility
Last Updated Date: 07/06/2015

The construction of a new primary calibration facility for air kerma measurements has been completed. It delivers a collimated 137 Cs gamma-ray … more

International Comparisons for Air Kerma and Absorbed Dose to Water from Gamma-ray Beams
Last Updated Date: 07/06/2015

A bilateral comparison was conducted between NIST and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to support international efforts for … more

Accelerator Facilities
Last Updated Date: 07/06/2015

The Radiation Physics Division's accelerator facilities continue to support a broad range of research efforts in the areas of industrial and … more

National Air-Kerma Standard for Electronic Brachytherapy
Last Updated Date: 07/06/2015

The Dosimetry Group has developed a new facility for the calibration of the Xoft miniature x-ray source, which provides low-energy x-rays (< 50 … more

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