Scientists use the Jefferson Lab's electron accelerator to probe the tiniest parts of the atom. And they recently fired up, for the first time, a free-electron laser, which eventually could be used by industry to treat polyester fibers and stell surfaces. The lab employs about 500 people, has an annual operating budget of $70 million. It is operated by a consortium of universities under a contract with the U.S. Department of Energy.
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