Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab)
is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) with strong support
from the City of Newport News, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and
the United States Congress. As a user facility for scientists
worldwide, its primary mission is to conduct basic research of
the atom's nucleus at the quark level.
Protons and neutrons are the fraternal twins of the sub-atomic world and the building blocks of all atomic nuclei. While similar in many respects, it's their differences that give them their unique properties. Now, scientists are exploiting these differences to gain deeper insight into these fundamental particles that build our visible universe.
The Department of Energy's Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time.