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Small Mass and Small Force Metrology at NIST
Last Updated Date: 07/01/2015

There are two projects: The electronic milligram; and NIST-on-a-chip optomechanical methods for calibration of mass, force, laser power and other … more

Calibration of Force Transducers
Last Updated Date: 07/01/2015

NIST provides calibration services for force-measuring devices by applying known forces, either tension or compression, to the elastic device and … more

National Type Evaluation Program (NTEP)
Last Updated Date: 07/01/2015

The NTEP program is administered through the National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM).

NIST Mise en Pratique of the New Kilogram Definition
Last Updated Date: 07/01/2015

As part of a New SI system of units to be adopted in 2018, the kilogram will be redefined so that it may be realized in terms of Planck’s … more

Calibration of Mass Standards
Last Updated Date: 06/30/2015

NIST maintains the national standard for mass in the form of the prototype kilograms (K4, K20, K79, K92, and K102) and provides services to … more

SI-traceable Dynamic Force
Last Updated Date: 06/30/2015

Established calibration methods for force transducers are static, with a known constant force applied to the transducer and compared to the … more

Reconditioning of the 4.45 MN deadweight machine
Last Updated Date: 06/30/2015

Physical disassembly of the 4.45 MN (1,000,000 lbf) deadweight machine (DWM) began in FY15 in order to address material galling that developed in … more

Single Photonics and Quantum Information
Last Updated Date: 06/26/2015

The smallest unit of light is a “photon”. Generation, manipulation and measurement of light at or near the fundamental limit of a photon can … more

Integrated Near-field Optoelectronic (INFO) Scanning Probe
Last Updated Date: 06/25/2015

Scanning probe technology is an essential tool for measuring nanostructure properties. A major goal in our project is to develop unique probes … more

GaN Nanowire Growth
Last Updated Date: 06/25/2015

GaN nanowires grown by catalyst-free molecular beam epitaxy have the unique property that most nanowires are completely free of crystalline … more

NIST Stars
Last Updated Date: 06/19/2015

NIST Stars is an Innovations in Measurement Science project to create a catalog of stars whose top-of-the-atmosphere spectral flux has an SI … more

Quantum State Manipulation of Ultra-cold Fermionic and Bosonic Atoms
Last Updated Date: 06/19/2015

This theoretical research is done in collaboration with scientists at the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) and the Center for Quantum Information and … more

Nano-Structured Optics and Optical Surface Metrology
Last Updated Date: 06/05/2015

The project focuses on significant metrology challenges that impede the advancement of high-performance optical and photonic systems. We develop, … more

Light-matter Interactions in Semiconductor Nanostructures
Last Updated Date: 06/03/2015

The quantum optics of light interacting with semiconductor-based nanostructures is being studied to extend concepts of entanglement and coherence … more

Realizing Pressure, Temperature, and Length using Optical Interferometry
Last Updated Date: 05/29/2015

This project aims to fundamentally change the methods for realizing and disseminating the SI units of pressure, temperature, and length. The … more

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