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About the Quantum Electrical Metrology Division

Provide the world's best electrically-based measurements and standards

  • Maintain world-leadership in scientific areas important for future electrically-based standards and measurement technology in order to enable the Nation's industries to create new technology to enhance our competitiveness.
  • Meet the urgent needs of our customers by providing timely electrical calibrations, measurement support, and traceability.
  • Use our expertise to solve exceptionally difficult measurement problems that are explicitly valued by industry, other parts of the Government, and the scientific community. 

The Quantum Electrical Metrology Division unites fundamental electrical metrology and leading-edge quantum-based measurement research to create a dynamic organization with a mission to lead quantum electrical metrology into the future. The division consists of three groups: Fundamental Electrical Measurements, Applied Electrical Metrology,
and Quantum Devices. The first two groups are located in Gaithersburg, MD, and boast of a proud 100-year history of precision electrical metrology. The Quantum Devices Group located in Boulder, CO, brings a 35-year history of creating world-leading quantum-based standards and measurement systems. The division works to provide the world’s best electrically based measurements and standards.

The division has a staff of about 120, which includes government employees as well as guest researchers, post-doctoral associates, contractors, and graduate and undergraduate students. With facilities on both the Gaithersburg and Boulder campuses, the division has far-reaching ties with universities, government agencies,other NMIs, and U.S. industry. The division’s outreach, which also includes visiting industrial and other sites, attending and sponsoring conferences, and hosting numerous visitors at both campuses, greatly increases the impact and dissemination of our work.