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Public Safety and Security in Analytical Microscopy Group


Reliable standards are needed to test, maintain, and improve the effectiveness of trace detectors that protect the public, commerce, and infrastructure of the United States. Currently, the NIST Surface & Microanalysis Science Division has an active program in trace detection metrology using state-of-the-art microanalytical instrumentation and ion mobility spectrometers. This program is designed to meet the measurement quality needs of organizations and agencies that use such detectors, which include the Transportation Security Agency, the Office of Law Enforcement Standards, the State Department, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Homeland Security.


See above

airport security checkpoint

Start Date:

February 4, 2003

End Date:


Lead Organizational Unit:


Source of Extramural Funding:

NIST Office of Law Enforcement Standards (OLES)

The Science & Technology Directorate of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Transportation Security Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security


 Transportation Security Laboratory

Facilities/Tools Used:

Advanced Metrology Laboratory

JetLab Precision Nanodeposition System

Related Programs and Projects:

ACD (MacCrehan) Trace Program
Boulder (Bruno) Physical Properties Program

Associated Products:

ASTM Standards
NIST Standard Reference Materials