JILA, formerly known as the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics, 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:
- Atomic and Molecular Physics
- Chemical Physics
- Laser Physics
- Precision Measurement
- Quantum Information
JILA's faculty includes two Nobel laureates—Eric Cornell and John L. Hall—and three John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellows—Deborah 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.