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NIST Spectroradiometry Short Course


Spectroradiometric short course logoThe NIST Spectroradiometry Short Course is offered every 2 years and covers radiometry fundamentals, radiometric properties of sources and detectors, spectroradiometric techniques, reflectance properties of materials, the handling and determination of measurement uncertainties, an overview of calibration services, and the implementation of the quality system at NIST. Participants will gain experience in spectroradiometric measurement and calibration techniques using lamps, integrating spheres, spectrometers, and filter radiometers.

April 5-8, 2016
NIST Gaithersburg, Maryland

The NIST Spectroradiometry Short Course is a 4-day course held at NIST Gaithersburg, Maryland. The course consists of lectures given by NIST scientists and hands-on laboratory experience measuring spectral radiance and spectral irradiance sources using spectroradiometers. Participants will also receive advice and assistance on spectroradiometric measurement and calibration issues, including traceability, measurement equations, and measurement calibrations.

Attendance for the course is limited to 15 participants. Pre-registration is required and acceptance is determined on a first-come, first-served basis.

Who Should Attend:

This course is intended for scientists, engineers, and technicians engaged in radiometric measurements and existing or potential NIST customers relying on traceability to NIST of their sources and detectors. Existing and potential NIST customers relying on traceability to NIST using sources or detectors are encouraged to attend. Participants must have some basic knowledge and experience in radiometric measurements as well as calculus. The course is suited for those who want to learn spectroradiometry systematically in depth, in theory, and in experimental practice.


Tuesday, April 5, 2016:
   8 am Lecture
   2 pm Laboratory Session
   5 pm Adjourn

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

   8 am Lecture
   2 pm Laboratory Session
   5 pm Adjourn
   6 pm Dinner

Thursday, April 7, 2016:
   8 am Lecture
   1 pm Laboratory Session
   5 pm Adjourn

Friday, April 8, 2016:
   8 am Certificate presentation
   9 am Student presentation of results
   11 am Panel discussion
   1 pm Tours of NIST labs


The instructors from the NIST Sensor Science Division are:
Dr. Howard Yoon
Mr. Thomas Larason
Dr. George Eppeldauer
Dr. B. Carol Johnson
Dr. John Woodward IV
Dr. Ping Shaw
Dr. Eric Shirley
Dr. David Allen
Dr. Thomas Germer
Dr. Yuqin Zong

Lecture Topics:

Basics of radiometry
Source-based radiometry: Blackbodies, lamps, sphere sources
Detector-based radiometry: Spectral responsivity
Measurement equation: Filter radiometers and optics
Properties of detectors
Measurement equations: spectrometers
UV spectroradiometry
Determining measurement uncertainties
Photocurrent measurements
Hyperspectral imaging
NIST Spectroradiometric calibrations and characterizations
Properties of materials: BRDF and reflectance
Properties of LEDs

Hands-on laboratory experiments:

• Spectral irradiance measurements using filter radiometers for detector-based radiometry
• Spectral power responsivity calibration of filter radiometers using calibrated photodiodes
• Spectral irradiance to spectral radiance transfer using spectral reflectance standards


Start Date: Monday, April 4, 2016
End Date: Friday, April 8, 2016
Location: NIST Gaithersburg
Format: Other


The registration fees for the 2016 NIST Spectroradiometry Short Course are $2,000 per person for the complete 4-day course. The fee includes course materials (including reference books: Optical Radiometry by A.C. Parr, R.U. Datla, and J.L. Gardner and Introduction to Radiometry and Photometry by W.R. McCluney), coffee breaks, lunches, and a dinner. Pre-registration is required. Registration for the course is limited to 15 attendees on a first-come, first-served basis. Registrations will be accepted in the order they are received by NIST. Registration and payment must be received by Monday, March 21, 2016. There will be no on-site registration. Cancellations and/or substitutions must be requested, in writing, by Monday, March 21, 2016, and no refunds will be made after this date.

The registration form will be available starting in about December 2016. Please complete the registration form and fax it to Stephanie Halton at 435-713-3007.

Registration Contact:

Teresa Vicente
301-975-3883 Telephone
301-948-2067 Facsimile

100 Bureau Drive, M/S 1071
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1071


Workshop registration does not include your hotel reservation. However, a block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Washington DC North/Gaithersburg at 620 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg, Maryland. The special rate is $139.00 per night plus 13% tax. Please contact the hotel directly at (301) 977-8900. To make your reservation, mention that you are attending the "NIST/Spectroradiometry Short Course". Reservations should be made early to ensure the NIST group rate. Requests received after March 7, 2016 will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.


This course will be held at the NIST Metrology Building (220), Room B343 in Gaithersburg, Maryland. For transportation information and driving directions, see Transportation to NIST.

Technical Contact:

Howard Yoon
301-975-2482 Telephone
301-869-5700 Facsimile

100 Bureau Drive, M/S 8441
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8441