During Wednesday’s hurricane, power went out at JILA, a research institute located at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
But the accusation of power outages due to wind does not provide a full picture of the aging infrastructure, according to scientists and researchers who work there.
Electricity at JILA, formerly known as the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics, also went out a few days earlier. It is known to come in and out at least once a month.
According to Jun Ye, an astrophysicist, professor at CU Boulder and a fellow at JILA and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
“The building is not only about its appearance, but maintaining the highest functional form of the building is really important if we try to pursue the very best in the world,” Ye said.
Founded in 1962, JILA is a partnership between CU Boulder and NIST, where researchers, students, research assistants, professors, NIST staff and other scientists join forces to conduct research on topics including quantum technology and astrophysics.
JILA and other research institutions that are feeling the impact of aging infrastructure will benefit from the house’s Build Back Better Bill. And since Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Lafayette, visited JILA on Thursday, those doing research there hoped to persuade him to advocate for additional funding for the project.
The bill passed in the House of Representatives, but a tough battle lies ahead in the Senate: President Joe Biden admitted in a statement Thursday that it is unlikely to be passed this year, USA Today reported.
However, if the project is successful, the Neguze team said NIST will receive additional funding, including $ 1.25 billion for the agency over seven years. This includes $ 650 million for the construction and maintenance of research centers and $ 100 million for laboratory research funding.
NIST’s Maryland and Colorado facilities are currently facing more than $ 800 million in deferred service.
About two-thirds of JILA’s existing laboratories do not meet current standards, affecting research results due to poor temperature and humidity control and air quality, excessive vibration and aging mechanical systems, according to a presentation by Neguze on Thursday.
Without making any promises, Neguse admitted it was a worthy cause and expressed his admiration for the research done at JILA.
Neguse asked E: What advances in quantum technology could happen in 10 years?
E described a device that can use laser beams to analyze a person’s breathing and determine the likelihood that they have lung cancer or kidney failure.
“If we can do this, it will be (a) huge savings for society,” said E.
Philip Makotin, chief executive of the CUbit Quantum Initiative, then asked Neguze to imagine an electric car that could travel 1,000 miles on a single charge, because batteries are better understood thanks to quantum systems.
“There is a really big picture, ideas that will change the world are about to happen,” he said.
“You sold me in one go,” Neguze said.