Press Clipping: JILA Highlighted in a Denver Post Article

JILA graduate students Na Li (left) and Anya Grafov (right) look at a laser array system.

JILA has been highlighted in a recent Denver Post article showcasing the importance of Colorado's TechHub distinction by President Joe Biden. 

According to the article, Colorado is engaged in a competitive race with Illinois to become the premier hub for quantum technology in the United States, a position that could bring significant federal support and economic growth. This pursuit is part of the CHIPS and Science Act, which allocates $52 billion to enhance U.S. competitiveness in semiconductors and other advanced technologies, including quantum computing. A key player in Colorado's bid is JILA, a joint institute that has been at the forefront of quantum research.

JILA, a collaboration between the University of Colorado and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has been pivotal in developing cutting-edge quantum technologies. The institute has achieved breakthroughs in optical atomic clocks and the use of lasers for precision measurement of atomic states, essential for advancements in quantum computing. Their work in cooling atoms near absolute zero and expertise in ion traps further position Colorado as a leader in quantum computing.

Colorado's bid, supported by the Elevate Quantum coalition, aims to leverage these technological advancements to establish a robust quantum technology hub. This initiative seeks to attract significant federal funding and catalyze substantial economic activity, potentially driving $3.5 trillion in the computing sector alone. The state's rich history in quantum research, combined with the existing high concentration of quantum tech workers and leading companies in the field, positions it strongly against competitors like the Bloch Tech Hub in Illinois.

The success of Colorado's bid could transform the region into a global leader in quantum technology, creating high-paying jobs and fostering innovation. This move aligns with broader efforts to distribute cutting-edge tech jobs across the U.S., including in regions typically overlooked for such industries. The bid's emphasis on diversity and training programs for various educational backgrounds further strengthens its appeal and potential impact.

Colorado’s pursuit of becoming a quantum hub reflects a strategic vision of contributing significantly to the quantum field, reminiscent of historic technological leaps such as the semiconductor revolution. The state's commitment to this vision, exemplified by institutions like JILA, underlines the potential for transformative advancements in quantum computing and technology, paving the way for a new era of innovation and economic development.

Written by Kenna Hughes-Castleberry, JILA Science Communicator