Science NewsCurated by RSF Research Staff Home > Science News > NIST ‘Noise Thermometry’ Yields Accurate New Measurements of Boltzmann Constant New results will contribute to international effort to redefine measurement unit for temperature. By measuring the random jiggling motion of electrons in a resistor, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have contributed to accurate new measurements of the Boltzmann constant, a fundamental scientific value that relates the energy of a system to its temperature. NIST made one measurement in its Boulder, Colorado, laboratory and collaborated on another in China. These results will contribute to a worldwide effort to redefine the kelvin, the international unit of temperature, and could lead to better thermometers for industry. Accurate temperature measurement is critical to any manufacturing process that requires specific temperatures, such as steel production. It’s also important for nuclear power reactors, which require precise thermometers that are not destroyed by radiation and do not need to be regularly replaced by human workers. “We live with temperature every day,” said Samuel Benz, group leader of the NIST research team involved with the new results. “The current measurements that define the kelvin are 100 times less accurate than measurements defining the units for mass and electricity.” The kilogram is known to parts per billion, while the kelvin is only known to a part in a million. Article: https://www.nist.gov/news-events/news/2017/06/nist-noise-thermometry-yields-accurate-new-measurements-boltzmann-constant Reality whispers!July 19, 2018A new telescope shows the center of the Milky Way in dazzling, fiery detailJuly 17, 2018Hydrogen dissociation measurement puts theory at odds with experimentJuly 14, 2018Multimessenger astronomyJuly 12, 2018Exotic ‘non-classical paths’ affect quantum interference, experiment confirmsJuly 12, 2018 Sharing is caring - please share this with your friends: Facebook Twitter If you like this content, you will love the Resonance Academy.