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NCNR guide hall AML entrance at night

NCNR Guide Hall

The entrance to the Advanced Measurement Laboratory Complex, including the CNST NanoFab cleanroom seen on the left. (Photo courtesy HDR Architecture, Inc./Steve Hall © Hedrich Blessing.)

To support U.S. industry, academic institutions, NIST, and other government laboratories, NIST operates two unique and valuable laboratory facilities--the Center for Neutron Research and the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology.

The NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) is a national user facility that provides cold and thermal neutron measurement capabilities to researchers from academia, industry, and other government agencies. more…

The Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) supports the development of nanotechnology from discovery to production. The Center operates a national shared-use nanofabrication and measurement facility, the NanoFab, complemented by a multidisciplinary research staff creating the next generation of tools needed to advance nanotechnology. more…


Panoramic view from the west of the machine hall of the SURF III Synchrotron Ultraviolet Radiation Facility.

NIST Synchrotron Ultraviolet Radiation Facility SURF III

Instruments and Equipment

NIST laboratories house a vast array of instruments and measurement systems, both commercial equipment and specialized tools developed by NIST researchers. Industry, academic, and government researchers interested in working collaboratively with NIST researchers on projects of mutual interest may be able to use these instruments/equipment as part of that joint research. Interested researchers should contact the NIST staff member listed as a contact for additional information. Note that that list of instruments linked below is not comprehensive.

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