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The NIST Physics Laboratory [home to three Nobel Laureates (1997, 2001, 2005) ] is divided into six major divisions described below. Also see:
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- Electron & Optical Physics: develops measurement methods and associated technology for determining electron and photon interactions with matter.
- Atomic Physics: carries out a broad program of long-term experimental and theoretical research in atomic physics.
- Optical Technology: promotes accurate and useful optical radiation measurements in the ultraviolet, visible, and infrared spectral regions.
- Ionizing Radiation: provides national leadership in fundamental research and measurement standards for all types of ionizing radiation.
- Time & Frequency: is responsible for the standards of time and frequency; and since length is now derived from the second, develops optical frequency standards.
- Quantum Physics: conducts research in atomic and chemical physics, precision measurement, and laser and optical physics.

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Image of 'NMR on a Chip' featuring NIST's Magnetic Mini-Sensor
Credit: NIST

'NMR on a Chip' Features NIST Magnetic Mini-Sensor
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