Metrology Lab
W. M. Keck Optical Measurement Lab
The W. M. Keck Optical Measurement Laboratory provides a suite of general purpose optical measurement and characterization instruments to the researchers at JILA. The Keck Lab also manages JILA's micro and nano fabrication facilities. The Keck Lab was designed to support research at JILA, but under certain conditions the facility is also available to other University of Colorado researchers and local industry. A set of policies has been set up to help maintain the Keck Lab as a useful facility for its user community.

The Keck Lab is a central facility currently at JILA. JILA is a multidisciplinary institute operated jointly by the University of Colorado at Boulder and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). JILA researchers have produced innovative developments in lasers and optical science and use laser technology in fundamental research in physics and chemistry. For more information, visit the JILA homepage.


The Keck Lab is home to a variety of different instruments used in metrology and imaging. The optical measurement instruments are in JILA S105. A description of the instrumentation in the Keck Lab is available.

To assure availability of an instrument or facility, it is recommended that a user reserve the item. JILA users have first priority, CU/NIST users second, and Non-CU clients third. All bookings are locked in for a 24 hour period before usage.

The Keck Lab requires that prospective users complete and sign the appropriate form(s) prior to using the instruments in the facility. To download the forms, visit the forms page.