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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: Tuesday, April 5, 2016
End Date: Friday, April 8, 2016
Location: NIST Gaithersburg
Format: Other


The registration fees are $2,100 per person for the complete 5-day course and cover course materials (including reference book: Optical Radiometry by Al C. Parr, Raju U. Datla, and James L. Gardner), 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 28, 2016. There will be no on-site registration. Cancellations and/or substitutions must be requested, in writing, by March 28, 2016, and no refunds will be made after this date.

To register, complete the instructions at the registration web site.

Registration Contact:

Karen Startsman, 301-975-6602


Holiday Inn Gaithersburg
2 Montgomery Village Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD 20879

Group Code: NSC
Book By March 21, 2016
Includes Complimentary Breakfast and Shuttle to and from NIST.

BookNow >> or call 301-948-8900

Technical Contact:

Howard Yoon