First app from NPL to help researchers working in the lab

November 17, 2010

The UK's National Physical Laboratory (NPL) has released its first app for iOS devices such as iPhones and iPads. It will provide researchers with easy and up-to-date access to the values for all the physical constants.

The has been designed by NPL to be used by researchers in the laboratory to do fast accurate calculations without having to leave their work and consult textbooks.

Unlike other apps in this area all fundamental constant values (including exponents) can be accurately copied into a scientific calculator making Fundamental Physical Constants easy to use for accurate calculations while working in the laboratory.

NPL's Fundamental Physical Constants App is available through the . It covers not only the full range of fundamental constants but also the SI and derived units and SI Prefixes.

The values used in Fundamental Physical Constants are the latest values recommended by the Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA). They provide researchers with the most up-to-date values ensuring that their work is traceable back to the highest degree of accuracy.

The Fundamental Physical Constants App is the first app in a series to be developed by NPL, the UK's National Measurement Institute.

Established in 1900, NPL is a world-leading centre of excellence in developing and applying the most accurate measurement standards, science and technology.

Tim Prior, Business Development Manager at NPL, said: "For more than a century NPL has developed and maintained the most accurate measurement standards, science and technology. Previously we have shared this expertise with scientists through published papers and reference books, but have now developed our first app to ensure that the data is as accessible as possible, enabling researchers to use the information quickly and accurately to progress their own work."

Explore further: Is it a bird, is it a plane, no it's a bridge!

More information: To download the NPL app go to:

Related Stories

If you can't measure the heat...

July 29, 2008

Accurate measurement of thermal performance is crucial if new government legislation aimed at producing dramatic reductions in CO2 emissions is to be successful. The UK's National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is offering construction ...

NPL unveils new equipment to make cancer treatment safer

November 14, 2008

A new piece of medical technology unveiled at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) today will help improve the success rates of radiotherapy cancer treatments. The new clinical electron linear accelerator (linac) will help ...

Measuring the electrical properties of nano-crystals

October 20, 2010

The UK's National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is working to provide more reliable measurement of the electrical properties of materials used in nanotechnology – which could lead to much more accurate devices in the future.

Recommended for you

Test racetrack dipole magnet produces record 16 tesla field

November 30, 2015

A new world record has been broken by the CERN magnet group when their racetrack test magnet produced a 16.2 tesla (16.2T) peak field – nearly twice that produced by the current LHC dipoles and the highest ever for a dipole ...

Turbulence in bacterial cultures

November 30, 2015

Turbulent flows surround us, from complex cloud formations to rapidly flowing rivers. Populations of motile bacteria in liquid media can also exhibit patterns of collective motion that resemble turbulent flows, provided the ...

CERN collides heavy nuclei at new record high energy

November 25, 2015

The world's most powerful accelerator, the 27 km long Large Hadron Collider (LHC) operating at CERN in Geneva established collisions between lead nuclei, this morning, at the highest energies ever. The LHC has been colliding ...


Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.