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Through its diverse portfolio, including its system of laboratory and university programs, DOE promotes interdisciplinary research and the integration of basic and applied science.
DOE laboratories operate many of the nation’s most sophisticated research facilities, including the nation’s largest high performance computing centers, the world’s highest energy proton collider, third-generation synchrotron light sources, and high-flux neutron sources. They also include specialized facilities for microcharacterization, materials synthesis, combustion research, ion beam studies, and fusion energy research. The agency’s research facilities have an enormous impact on science and technology. They have been essential in research ranging from examining the most fundamental constituents of matter to producing unique isotopes for medical and defense applications.