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RAP opportunity at National Institute of Standards and Technology     NIST

Optical Properties of Materials


Physical Measurement Laboratory, Sensor Science Division

opportunity location
50.68.51.B7542 Gaithersburg, MD

NIST only participates in the February and August reviews.


name email phone
John H. Burnett 301.975.2679
Thomas Avery Germer 301.975.2876
Steven E. Grantham 301.975.5528
Leonard M. Hanssen 301.975.2344
Maritoni Litorja 301.975.8095
C. Cameron Miller 301.975.4713
Heather Jean Patrick 301.975.4684
Eric L. Shirley 301.975.2349


Research opportunities are available to advance the measurement of properties of materials from the terahertz to extreme ultraviolet for applications in remote sensing, nanoscale science, microelectronics, photonics, color and appearance, medical imaging, homeland security, and defense. State-of-the-art research instruments are available for accurate measurement of such optical properties as reflectance, transmittance, scattering, emittance, and fluorescence in a variety of geometries using laser, lamp, and blackbody radiation sources. Specialized capabilities exist for light scattering ellipsometry, index of refraction, optical grating scatterometry, bidirectional optical scattering and reflectometry, polarimetry, spectroscopy, emissometry, and retroreflectometry. We are interested in efforts that develop new or improved measurement capabilities, standards, or applications.

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key words
Reflectance; Transmittance; Spectroscopy; Optical scattering; Refractive index; Scatterometry; Fluorescence; Absorptance; Emittance; Emissivity; THz; Ellipsometry; BRDF; Polarimetry; Reflectometry; Photonics; Imaging; Refraction; Color; Appearance; Diffuse; Blackbody; Bidirectional; Spectrophotometer; Retroreflection; Terahertz; Infrared; Ultraviolet; Birefringence


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$82,764.00 $3,000.00
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