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Time and Frequency Division Lab Office

noaa_nist_boulder_smallWelcome to the NIST Time and Frequency Division, an operating unit of the Physical Measurement Laboratory of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. We are located in Boulder, Colorado at the NIST Boulder Laboratories (shown at right).

Our mission includes:

  • Maintaining the primary frequency standard for the United States.
  • Developing and operating standards of time and frequency.
  • Coordinating United States time and frequency standards with other world standards.
  • Providing time and frequency services for United States clientele.
  • Performing research in support of improved standards and services.

Precise time and frequency information is needed by electric power companies, radio and television stations, telephone companies, air traffic control systems, participants in space exploration, computer networks, scientists monitoring data of all kinds, and navigators of ships and planes. These users need to compare their own timing equipment to a reliable, internationally recognized standard. NIST provides this standard for the United States.

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National Institute of Standards and Technology
Time and Frequency Division 688
325 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80305-3328
(303) 497-3295
(303) 497-6461 (fax)