The Optical Technology Division is successfully maintaining its long-term core commitment to high-accuracy measurements in radiometry, photometry, and spectroradiometry. This commitment is in line with the NIST mission. Core facilities continue to be operational, and new methods and techniques are continuing to be developed. The division has engaged in strategic planning that involves new areas of emphasis. One notable example is biophysics. A new Biophysics Group has been formed, collaborations with external organizations have been put in place, and the future looks bright. The staff are capable and motivated; however, the mix between permanent staff and temporary and contract personnel appears suboptimal for long-term health and consistency in meeting strategic objectives.
The Optical Technology Division and the Physics Laboratory should be more aggressive in hiring early-career talent. The Physics Laboratory should elucidate a comprehensive plan for organizing and staffing its expanded role in the biophysics area if it is to optimize its effectiveness. The terahertz technical leads and the division management should enunciate the applications areas for the unusual capabilities of terahertz tools in which they will have desirable impact. The Optical Technology Division should adequately prepare the destination laboratories prior to the move of the Biophysics Group personnel and minimize the disruption from the move.