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About JLab

Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab or JLab) is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science national laboratory. Scientists worldwide utilize the lab’s unique particle accelerator, known as the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility (CEBAF), to probe the most basic building blocks of matter – helping us to better understand these particles and the forces that bind them – and ultimately our world.

JLab was founded in the 1980s and was originally called the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility (CEBAF).  The name was changed to it’s current name in 1997. 

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