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Simon G. Kaplan

Simon Kaplan's research interests include spectrophotometry and radiometry. He has worked on the characterization of optical materials and components in support of UV photolithography and infrared remote sensing applications. Currently he leads the Low Background Infrared (LBIR) project for absolute detector-based irradiance and radiance calibrations in support of missile defense as well as climate monitoring technology.

He was awarded a NIST Bronze Medal in 2013 for contributions to the calibration accuracy of NOAA infrared environmental satellites.

Research projects:

Absolute cryogenic infrared radiometry

DUV sources and materials characterization

Fourier transform infrared spectrophotometric (FTIS) facility

Simon Kaplan


Sensor Science Division
Infrared Technology Group

Employment History:

1995-present, NIST, Gaithersburg, MD

1992-1995, University of Maryland, College Park, MD


Ph.D. Physics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

B.A. Physics, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH


Phone: 301-975-2336
Email: simon.kaplan@nist.gov
Fax: 301-840-8551