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Fundamental Measurement, Quantum Science and Measurement Dissemination


At the heart of NIST’s mission is the dissemination of the fundamental units of measurement (the International System of Units, or SI). NIST determines the definitive methods for nearly every kind of measurement employed in commerce and research, provides NIST-traceable calibrations, and disseminates standards and best practices throughout the nation. Staying ahead of the increasingly challenging demands of U.S. industry requires that NIST push the frontiers of measurement science by devising new tools and techniques—especially at the quantum scale where the rules of classical physics do not apply. Through balanced and coordinated programs, NIST leads the world in disseminating the fundamental units of measurement. This leadership in metrology advancement directly impacts NIST’s relevance and leadership in measurement services.
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