STATE-OF-THE-ART LAB UNDER CONSTRUCTION.NIST (National Institute of Standards & Technology, Washington, DC, www.nist.gov) The standards-defining agency of the U.S. government, formerly the National Bureau of Standards. It is one of three agencies that fall under the Technology Administration (www.technology. has awarded the $174 million contract to construct one of the most technologically advanced buildings in the world, the NIST Advanced Measurement Laboratory, in Gaithersburg, MD.
When it is ready for occupancy in 2004, the 47 480 [m.sup.2] (511 070 [ft.sup.2) AML AML - A Manufacturing Language will allow NIST to provide U.S. industry and science with improved measurements and standards, and more rapidly developed research advances. It will feature stringent controls on particulate matter particulate matter
n. Abbr. PM
Material suspended in the air in the form of minute solid particles or liquid droplets, especially when considered as an atmospheric pollutant.
Noun 1. , temperature, vibration and humidity that are unattainable in current NIST buildings. Such conditions are vital for housing the institute's most advanced metrology, physics, chemistry, electronics, engineering and materials science materials science
Study of the properties of solid materials and how those properties are determined by the material's composition and structure, both macroscopic and microscopic. research, and will enable NIST to keep pace with rapid developments in semiconductors, industrial robots, computers, pharmaceuticals and emerging technologies requiring molecular and atomic-level precision.