JILA institute celebrates 50 years of scientific advances

Over the past half century, scientists at JILA came up with the idea to place a reflector on the moon to help measure its distance from the Earth; made precision laser measurements that led to a more accurate value for the speed of light and redefinition of the meter; and created a new form of matter, the first ultracold molecules and the first tabletop X-ray laser. Since 2001, three JILA fellows have received the Nobel Prize in physics.

For more about JILA through the years visit http://colorado.edu/news/features/jila-through-years. For more information about the public events to be held during the 50th anniversary celebration of JILA visit http://jila.colorado.edu/.

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