NIST Opens Two Laser, Atomic Clock Labs; Patrick Gallagher Comments

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology has opened two facilities in Colorado to conduct high-precision science and measurement research, the Commerce Department announced Wednesday. 

Federal, state and local government officials ands university officials gathered to celebrate the facilities’ openings last Friday in Boulder, Colo. 

The new NIST precision measurement laboratory has a controlled environment in order to conduct testing for lasers, atomic clocks and nanotechnology. 

That lab houses the U.S. civilian standard atomic clock and NIST Director Patrick Gallagher said the lab will play a role in aiding NIST carry out its mission in Boulder. 

The facility will conduct work related to quantum computing and voltage standards in addition to atomic clock measurements, Gallagher said. 

NIST’s second facility will be used to conduct research with university affiliates in Colorado.

The X-Wing at JILA, a joint venture between NIST and the University of Colorado, took six years to budget, plan and build, said Stella Fiotes, NIST’s chief facilities management officer. 

Gallagher said the X-Wing deepens NIST’s partnership with the university and will help promote technology transfer between young innovators and government entities. 

The JILA facility research will also focus on developing new measurement tools, Gallagher said. 

In February, NIST announced it was partnering with the sate of Maryland to open a Gaithersburg, Md. facility for cloud computing and related technology research.

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