CO-LABS is a non-profit consortium of federal laboratories, research institutions, businesses and economic development organizations that provide financial and in-kind support for programs that promote the retention and expansion of Colorado scientific resources. Each year a special committee appointed by the CO-LABS Board of Directors reviews nominations from Colorado labs for the Governor’s Award for High-Impact Research and selects projects that have had a significant global, national, or state impact resulting from a scientific breakthrough, change in public policy, or development of a new technology. The Governor’s Award for High-Impact Research has honored Colorado scientists and engineers from federally funded research laboratories in Colorado since 2009.
2016 Governor’s Award for High-Impact Research in Foundational Science and Technology
The Lehnert/Regal Quantum Machine Team has already racked up some major accomplishments on the path to these eagerly anticipated 21st century technologies. Their accomplishments include (1) the cooling of a drum made of about 1018 aluminum atoms to its quantum ground state, (2) the creation of the world’s first efficient two-way converter between electrical and optical signals––an important step along the way to making a fully quantum machine, and (3) the world’s first laser cooling of this converter––a human made object––to about 14 millionths of a degree above absolute zero.