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Towards a Traceable Nanoscale Force Standard



Jon R. Pratt, David B. Newell, Edwin R. Williams, Douglas T. Smith, John A. Kramar


The National Institute of Standards and Technology has launched a five-year project to traceably link the International System of Units (SI) to forces between 10-8N and 10-2N. In this paper, we give a background and overview of this project, discuss the electrostatic realization and dissemination of force through a mechanical balance, and provide a brief summary of the Microforce Laboratory being constructed at NIST.
Conference Dates
May 27-31, 2001
Conference Location
Turin, IT
Conference Title
Proceedings of the EUSPEN International Conference


AFM, force, measurement, MEM's, nanoindentation


Pratt, J. , Newell, D. , Williams, E. , Smith, D. and Kramar, J. (2001), Towards a Traceable Nanoscale Force Standard, Proceedings of the EUSPEN International Conference, Turin, IT (Accessed April 21, 2024)
Created May 1, 2001, Updated February 19, 2017