Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab) is one of 17 national laboratories funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The lab also receives support from the City of Newport News and the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The lab’s primary mission is to conduct basic research of the atom's nucleus using the lab’s unique particle accelerator, the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility.
Jefferson Lab also conducts research using its Low Energy Recirculator Facility (LERF), which is based on technology developed at the lab.
Managing and operating the lab for DOE is Jefferson Science Associates, LLC.
JSA is a limited liability corporation created by Southeastern Universities Research Association and PAE Applied Technologies specifically to manage and operate Jefferson Lab.