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.
With industry and university partners, it has a derivative mission
as well: applied research for using the Free-Electron Lasers based
on technology the laboratory developed to conduct its physics
experiments. As a center for both basic and applied research,
Jefferson Lab also reaches out to help educate the next generation
in science and technology. Jefferson Lab is managed for the Department
of Energy by the Southeastern Universities Research Association
(SURA) Inc., a consortium of universities in the Southeast.
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.