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Steven W. Brown

Steven Brown develops advanced radiometric artifacts to improve the characterization and calibration of optical sources used in climate change research, absolute stellar radiometry, and medical imaging.


2004 Department of Commerce Silver Medal for stray light characterization of ocean color spectrographs in the Marine Optical Buoy.

2002 Naval Research Laboratory Alan Berman Research Publication Award for "Electron and nuclear spin interactions in the optical spectra of single GaAs quantum dots," Physical Review Letters 86, 5176-5179 (2001).

1995 National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associateship

Research Projects:

Spectral irradiance and radiance responsivity calibrations using uniform sources (SIRCUS)

Characterization and calibration of remote sensing sensors

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Steven Brown


Sensor Science Divison
Laser Applications Group

Employment History:

1997-present, NIST, Gaithersburg, MD

1995-1997, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC

1987-1994, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

1984-1987, GTE Laboratories, Waltham, MA

1983-1984, Lord and Taylor, Braintree, MA

1977-1981, Federal Petroleum, Weymouth, MA


Ph.D. Applied Physics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

M.S. Applied Physics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

B.S. Physics, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, MD


Phone: 301-975-5167