community and the government agencies that have a vested interest in AMO science and provides a forum for discussing issues of mutual concern. It also provides an important communications link within and a voice for this diverse field, bringing together persons from the different areas, which tend to drift apart into their own divisions and societies. It provides a forum where problems and needs transcending individual subfields can be addressed. Through this committee, the AMO science community also has important ties to the Plasma Science Committee and the Solid State Sciences Committee of the NRC's Board on Physics and Astronomy, to the NRC's Board on Chemical Science and Technology, and to the NRC's National Materials Advisory Board.

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