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Test and Evaluation Protocols for ANSI/IEEE N42 Standards
Last Updated Date: 06/22/2015

The purpose of these test and evaluation protocols is to provide additional information to the published ANSI/IEEE N42 series for homeland … more

Standards Development for Detection of Illicit Trafficking of Radioactive
Last Updated Date: 06/22/2015

The National Institute of Standard and Technology (NIST) is working in the development of ANSI/IEEE and IEC standards for the detection of illicit … more

Gamma-ray Spectrometry System
Last Updated Date: 06/22/2015

NIST is equipped with a high resolution gamma-ray spectrometry system used for activity and impurity measurements of gamma-ray emitting sources … more

Testing of Radiation Detection Systems
Last Updated Date: 06/22/2015

NIST is working together with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) in testing radiation detection … more

NIST Stars
Last Updated Date: 06/19/2015

NIST Stars is an Innovations in Measurement Science project to create a catalog of stars whose top-of-the-atmosphere spectral flux has an SI … more

Quantum State Manipulation of Ultra-cold Fermionic and Bosonic Atoms
Last Updated Date: 06/19/2015

This theoretical research is done in collaboration with scientists at the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) and the Center for Quantum Information and … more

Active Interrogation Standards
Last Updated Date: 06/12/2015

Active interrogation involves directing nuclear radiation into a closed container and measuring secondary radiations to gain information about the … more

Nano-Structured Optics and Optical Surface Metrology
Last Updated Date: 06/05/2015

The project focuses on significant metrology challenges that impede the advancement of high-performance optical and photonic systems. We develop, … more

Light-matter Interactions in Semiconductor Nanostructures
Last Updated Date: 06/03/2015

The quantum optics of light interacting with semiconductor-based nanostructures is being studied to extend concepts of entanglement and coherence … more

Quantum information technology and correlated photon radiometry
Last Updated Date: 06/03/2015

We develop methods and devices to further radiometric techniques and quantum information technology. This includes developing and characterizing … more

Realizing Pressure, Temperature, and Length using Optical Interferometry
Last Updated Date: 05/29/2015

This project aims to fundamentally change the methods for realizing and disseminating the SI units of pressure, temperature, and length. The … more

Dynamic Pressure
Last Updated Date: 05/29/2015

Manufacturing processes by their very nature require a judicious, time-dependent use of pressure and temperature to transform a base material into … more

Spectroscopy of Engineered Atoms
Last Updated Date: 05/29/2015

Experiments with atomic systems designed to have features more favorable for improved measurements of atomic properties and constants of nature. more

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.

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