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Where the Lab Stands Now
As scientific knowledge expands, the dynamic process of discovering nature's secrets evolves. New knowledge leads to new scientific questions. Answering them requires new or upgraded research tools - and new relationships with vital constituencies outside the lab. This takes planning. That's the challenge for Jefferson Lab's Institutional Plan.
By performing extremely well, the accelerator and experimental hall equipment have been pushing this dynamic process:
In 1999 Jefferson Lab's user community - physicists worldwide with interests in the research program - grew to over 1600, representing 280 institutions in 36 countries. Working in large, collaborative, multi-institutional groups, over half are awaiting assignments of beam time to carry out their already-approved experiments. All are counting on CEBAF's demonstrated capabilities and productivity.
Many currently envisioned experiments will be conducted in the coming several years - the first generation of CEBAF science.