A world leader in the physical sciences and precision measurement for more than 60 years, NIST Boulder Laboratories provide research, measurements, technology, tools, data, and services that enable innovation and improve the quality of our lives.
Technologies for Everyday Life: NIST Boulder makes possible many commonplace technologies—such as accurate wristwatches and GPS navigation systems, advanced communications networks, DVD players, safe laser surgery, and reliable gas pipelines.
Technology Transfer: NIST Boulder generates spin-off companies and jobs and provides industry, academia, and other federal agencies with cutting-edge technologies. Commercial products influenced by NIST Boulder-pioneered technologies include closed captioning and chip-scale atomic clocks. NIST technologies used by other labs include frequency combs, quantum sensors, laser power meters, single-photon detectors, and magnetometers.
Advanced Facilities Available for Collaborations
700 MHz Public Safety Broadband Demonstration Network
NIST is a partner in the Public Safety Communications Research program, which operates a multi-vendor demonstration site enabling manufacturers, carriers, and public safety agencies to test and evaluate advanced broadband communications equipment and software for emergency first responders.
Boulder Microfabrication Facility
Precision Imaging Facility
NIST Boulder provides four instruments for precisely measuring the structure and chemical composition of materials at sub-nanometer scales: a helium ion microscope, a focused ion beam/scanning electron microscope, a transmission electron microscope, and a field ion microscope, or atom probe.
About NIST Boulder Laboratories
NIST Boulder is located in a rich research environment near the University of Colorado (CU) Boulder, and collaborates with industrial, academic, and government laboratories throughout the nation and the world. NIST and CU-Boulder jointly operate JILA, a world leader in atomic, molecular, and optical physics and precision measurement.
NIST Boulder has more than 350 scientific, technical, and support staff, and more than 300 visiting researchers, students, and contractors. NIST Boulder and NIST/JILA scientists have been awarded three Nobel Prizes in physics, a National Medal of Science, and two MacArthur Fellowship "genius grants."
With an annual research and measurement budget of about $100 million, NIST Boulder is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology, headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md.