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Amazing Journeys Begin with one small step
Laboratory Frontiers: NIST Advanced Measurement Laboratory
Challenges on the Frontier: Temperature control
Buildings for Advanced Technology Workshop: HDR recently co-sponsored a three-day workshop
News Items: Nanotech is BIG at NIST
Providing Building Solutions: Ahmad Soueid
   
  News Items:
Nanotech is BIG at NIST
   
 

With an acute understanding of the impact nanotechnology will have on the world, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology
(NIST), are paving the future of nanotechnology. As they develop and ensure the integrity of measurements, perform cutting-edge nanotechnology research and provide funding for nanotechnology research, NIST is leading the research effort in this ever-evolving industry.

Working in seven major laboratories, NIST scientists are developing measurements, standards and data crucial to private industry’s development of products for the nanotechnology industry. Laboratory projects represent
five important areas:

  1. Fundamental science and basic measurement capabilities
  2. Characterization of nanostructured materials
  3. Nanoscale electronics, optoelectronics and magnetics
  4. Nanochemistry and nanobiotechnology
  5. Quantum computing and communications

The opening of the world’s premier all-purpose facility for measurement-related research, the Advanced Measurement Laboratory, will give NIST and its partners in U.S. industry access to research and development
capabilities not available anywhere else in the world.
For more information about the NIST AML, see aml.nist.gov.


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NIST AML by the Numbers:

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511,070-SF total area
5 building wings
187 instrument laboratory modules
151 metrology laboratory modules
48 precision temperature control laboratories
27 low vibration laboratories
33,000-SF clean room

AML Specifications in Most Critical Spaces:

Vibration: 30 micro-inch per second (4Hz<f<100Hz)
Cleanroom: Class 100, upgradeable to Class 10
Temperature: +/- 0.01 degree C temperature control
Humidity: +/- 1.0 % RH
Noise: NC-30
EMI: 1 milligauss