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Lights, Camera, Calibrate! Improving Space Cameras with a Better Model for Ultra-Bright Lamps

November 15, 2017

Studio photographers may be familiar with the 1,000-watt quartz halogen lamps known as “FELs.” Scientists use them too—specially…
NASA Now Has a Self-Calibrating Magnetometer

September 9, 2017

NASA has achieved much since the agency’s founding in 1958. They can put a human on the moon.…
Four Brookhaven Lab Projects Selected as R&D 100 Award Finalists

September 1, 2015

Four Brookhaven National Laboratory projects have been selected as finalists for the 2015 R&D 100 awards, which honor…
Not Schrödinger’s Cat: NIST PET Phantoms Bring New Accuracy to Medical Scans

July 29, 2015

Teaming with a medical equipment company, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated…
Coming Soon: A Calibration Facility for Micro-Flows

June 4, 2015

Many medical treatments both new and old involve extremely small doses of powerful drugs in liquid form –…
Using a Sounding Rocket to Help Calibrate NASA’s SDO

May 20, 2015

Watching the sun is dangerous work for a telescope. Solar instruments in space naturally degrade over time, bombarded…
Restoration Begins on NIST’s Million-Pound Deadweight Machine

January 29, 2015

For the first time in half a century, NIST’s 4.45-million newton (equivalent to one million pounds-force) deadweight machine…
New Portable Vacuum Standard

January 26, 2015

A novel Portable Vacuum Standard (PVS) has been added to the roster of NIST’s Standard Reference Instruments (SRI).…
Weighing Gas with Sound and Microwaves

January 26, 2015

NIST scientists have developed a novel method to rapidly and accurately calibrate gas flow meters, such as those…
Prototype for First Traceable PET-MR Phantom for Cancer Diagnostics

January 26, 2015

As cancer diagnostic tools, a new class of imagers – which combines positron-emission tomography (PET) with magnetic resonance…
NIST Sensor Could Improve One of Nano Research’s Most Useful Microscopes

December 17, 2014

Spotting molecule-sized features—common in computer circuits and nanoscale devices—may become both easier and more accurate with a sensor…
NIST Fires Up Extended Calibration Service for Laser Welding and More

December 4, 2014

NIST PML’s Sources and Detectors Group has launched a new multikilowatt laser power measurement service capability for high-power…
Earth Science: Seeing the Surface Clearly with VIIRS

November 25, 2014

Satellite observation has revolutionized our understanding of terrestrial conditions and climate dynamics. But the measurement science is extremely…
Measuring NIF’s enormous shocks

November 24, 2014

U.S. National Ignition Facility (NIF) experiments generate enormous pressures—many millions of atmospheres—in a short time: just a few…
NIST Launches New Calibration Service for High-Power Lasers

October 31, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has launched a new calibration service for high-power lasers of…
Better Diagnostic Imaging for Traumatic Brain Injuries

October 27, 2014

Image-calibration technology designed and developed by scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in collaboration…
Calibrating Cancer Radiotherapy Beams Using Light and Sound

September 18, 2014

Doctors shrink tumors with radiation therapy, but a badly calibrated beam can cause serious complications. Scientists in NIST’s…
EUV Calibrations for Satellite Sensors

August 26, 2014

Thanks to precision calibration measurements recently performed at NIST, satellites may soon be looking at sunlight with new…
Warping images using your PC graphics card

January 6, 2014

By projecting images onto contoured surfaces you get a virtual experience that puts you at the center of…
NIST Calibration Tools to Encourage Use of Novel Medical Imaging Technique

December 4, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed prototype calibration tools for an experimental medical imaging…
In Natural Gas Pipelines, NIST Goes with the Flow

May 8, 2013

On an ordinary day, the United States consumes about 70 billion cubic feet of natural gas – enough…
A Primary Voltage Standard for the Whole World

April 10, 2013

PML researchers are on the verge of reaching a long-sought major goal: Providing the world with a programmable…
Supercomputer-assisted Calibration Methodology Enhances Accuracy of Energy Models

April 3, 2013

Most people appreciate a bargain, an advantageous purchase that affords the customer value (such as convenience and comfort)…
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