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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 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).


The world's first Bose-Einstein Condensate was created at JILA by Eric Cornell in 1995.

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 two John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur FellowsMargaret 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.[2]


  1. ^ Julie Philips (July 2012). JILA: The First Fifty Years (PDF). Retrieved 2018-03-14. 
  2. ^ "About JILA". JILA Website. Retrieved 2015-06-10. 

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