U.S. to Survey ‘Infrared Optical Community’ on How to Improve Data

The standards serve the needs of a wide range of industries as well as government and academic laboratories
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The U.S. government plans to survey the “infrared optical properties measurement community” about their needs in order to improve the quality of their measurement data and its traceability to national standards.

On Jan. 9, 2012, the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) posted a federal register notice—Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Survey of the Need for the Improvement of Infrared Reflectance Measurements and Standards—announcing the survey.

The notice says NIST’s Sensor Science Division (SSD) of the Physical Measurement Laboratory is responsible for providing standards for the characterization of the optical properties of materials for the United States. The standards serve the needs of a wide range of industries as well as government and academic laboratories. An increasingly important part of the optical spectrum is the infrared spectral range from 1 [micro]m to 20 [micro]m, the notice says.

“Over the past two decades, the SSD has been working to establish physical standards, measurement methods and measurement services in the infrared,” the notice says. “As part of this ongoing effort, and in response to many inquiries and requests in recent years, NIST plans to survey members of the infrared optical properties measurement community. The purpose of the survey is to assess their needs for standard reference materials, calibration services, workshops, courses, and other means for improvement of the quality of their measurement data and traceability to national standards.”

The survey “will be sent as an e-mail attachment to the participants, and the completed survey will be returned to NIST via e-mail,” the notice says.

However, the notice does not say when the survey will be sent, or when it is due to be returned; but stakeholders can file comments on the survey and the deadline for filing comments on the survey is March 9, 2012.