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NIST Standard Reference Simulation Website

The Standard Reference Simulation Website is an ongoing project whose aim is to provide well-documented simulation results for a variety of … more

Photovoltaic Carrier Dynamics Measured by Time-Resolved Terahertz Spectroscopy

Far-infrared (or THz, 25 to 300 micron wavelength) femtosecond laser methods are employed to measure photovoltaic (PV) materials spectra and … more

Terahertz Bi-Directional Reflection Function Measurements for Homeland Security

Far-infrared (Terahertz or THz, 25 to 300 micron wavelength) femtosecond laser methods are employed to generate high power broadband pulses for … more

Hydrogen Generation in Di-Iron Hydrogenase Mimics

Discovery of novel materials to facilitate hydrogen gas production has prompted new avenues of research towards developing hydrogen as an … more

Far-infrared Spectroscopy of Biomolecules

Far-infrared (or terahertz/THz, ca. 25 to 300 micron wavelength) femtosecond pulsed laser and Fourier-transform infrared methods are employed to … more

Test and Evaluation Protocols for ANSI/IEEE N42 Standards

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

Ultrafast Terahertz Spectroscopy and Imaging

Three independent femtosecond laser systems are used for generating ultrafast pulses in the mid-IR (and Terahertz(THz) spectral regions through … more

Primary optical watt radiometer (POWR) facility

POWR is a cryogenic electrical substitution radiometer that serves as the Nation's optical power reference. more

Lunar spectro-radiometer

Design of the lunar irradiance instrument is based on commercially available spectrographs. These spectrographs can be stable and sub-components … more

Infrared reference integrating sphere (IRIS)

An integrating-sphere system has been designed and constructed for the measurement of multiple optical properties in the infrared spectral range. … more

Synchrotron Ultraviolet Radiation Facility SURF III

The Synchrotron Ultraviolet Radiation Facility SURF III is operated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology NIST as a stable light … more

Bidirectional optical scattering facility

Goniometric optical scatter instrument (GOSI) The bidirectional reflectance distribution function (BRDF) quantifies the angular distribution of … more

Electron holography

An electron hologram is a fringe modulated image containing the amplitude and phase information of an electron transparent object. The HolograFREE … more


SCATMECH is an object-oriented C++ class library developed to distribute models for light scattering applications. Included in the library are … more

Modeled integrated scattering tool (MIST)

The MIST program has been developed to provide users with a general application to model an integrated scattering system. The program performs an … more

NIST's Integrated colony enumerator (NICE)

Enumeration of bacterial colonies on an agar plate is simple in concept, but automated colony counting is difficult due to variations in colony … more

Noncollinear phase matching in uniaxial and biaxial crystals

Although significant work has been done to characterize collinear phase matching and to present many of its applications, noncollinear phase … more

FPGA-based multicoincidence recipe and software

The Data Acquisition Platform project allows one to build their own data acquisition instruments that collect and, if necessary, statistically … more



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