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The JILA tower at the University of Colorado

JILA, formerly known as the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics,[1] is a physical science research institute in the United States. JILA is located at the base of the Rocky Mountains on the University of Colorado Boulder campus. JILA is jointly operated by the University of Colorado (CU) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).


Research at JILA ranges from the behavior of ultracold atoms and molecules, through the design of precision optics and lasers, to the processes that shape the stars and galaxies, encompassing these broad categories:


JILA's faculty includes two Nobel laureates—Eric Cornell and John L. Hall—and three John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur FellowsDeborah S. Jin, Margaret Murnane and Ana Maria Rey. Each year, JILA scientists publish more than 200 original research papers in national and international scientific journals and conference proceedings.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "What's In a Name? JILA Says It All!". NIST Update. June 12, 1995. Retrieved 2007-03-23. 

2. ^JILA The First 50 Years 1962 to 2012 by Julie Phillips and Kristin Conrad

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Coordinates: 40°00′27″N 105°16′06″W / 40.00744°N 105.26839°W / 40.00744; -105.26839