National Physical Laboratory


NPL scientists make extensive use of models to improve understanding of physical systems, optimise experimental design and explain measurement data.
  • Development of metrology and standards for nanoscale structures and devices is impossible without theoretical and modelling input, which forms an integral part of the metrology infrastructure at NPL.
  • Continuum modelling at NPL is used to calculate material properties from first principles, and to simulate experiments and equipment to support applications across the full range of NPL's measurement activity.
  • We undertake research to build mathematical, statistical and computational capability in the areas of metrology data analysis and measurement uncertainty evaluation.
  • NPL is active in areas of mathematics and scientific computing which support measurement science, with research work carried out in the Mathematics and Modelling for Metrology Programme (MMM).


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