201919th International Congress of Metrology
|Number of page(s)||8|
|Section||SI, what’s next? / SI, et maintenant ?|
|Published online||23 September 2019|
A µKibble balance for direct realisation of small-scale masses and forces
National Physical Laboratory, Hampton Road, Teddington, TW11 0LW, UK.
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kibble balance experiments have allowed the kilogram to be redefined in terms of the Planck constant. Now that the redefinition is in place, the Kibble balance will allow SI traceable mass (or force) to be realised at any value and at any location. A feasibility study for a novel, scalable electrostatic ‘µKibble balance’, based on the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) next-generation Kibble balance system is presented and its expected performance calculated. A µKibble will allow in-situ, dynamic, small-scale (< g) mass measurements without the current precision limitation caused by subdivision of the kilogram. The measurements will be traceable through electrical calibration rather than transferable mass standards. The instrument will have a wide range of applications in both industry and research.
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