Yerevan’s AREAL Particle Accelerator to Take on Five New Projects

A scientist works in a control room at the Yerevan Physics Institute's CANDLE Synchrotron Research Center in Yerevan. (Photo: Photolur)


YEREVAN—Armenia’s CANDLE Synchrotron Research Institute is planning the implementation of five research projects involving the AREAL particle accelerator next year.

The projects were chosen as the best of a number of proposed projects and will be implemented next year, Chairman of the State Committee on Science Samvel Harutyunyan told reporters on Wednesday.

“This December, research teams of the Alikhanian laboratory, Yerevan State University, Institute of Molecular Biology, State Engineering University of Armenia will start research in physics, materials science, biophysics, biomedicine, microelectronics, and new acceleration technologies,” he said.

An apparatus-building sector has been created at the AREAL facility, where Armenian scientists work on innovative devices.

“Since AREAL was put into operation, we have received a number of orders for devices. Specifically, we have received orders from the DESY accelerator center in Germany. DESY is one of the world’s leading accelerator centers and it is an honor for Armenia to receive orders for devices from such a center,” Harutyunyan said.

This October saw the completion of the DELTA biomedical and microtechnology laboratories.

“Our scientists also carried out research at the Dubai nuclear research institute. Since 1993, Armenia has been a member of the institute. Armenian scientists are conducting research in theoretical physics, high-energy physics, nuclear physics, and information technologies.”

The AREAL accelerator was launched in July of 2014 and hailed as a major scientific achievement for Armenia.

CANDLE (Center for Advancement of Natural Discoveries Using Light Emission) is a project to create a source of synchrotron radiation of the third generation. The accelerator will help scientists conducting fundamental research in physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, pharmaceuticals, nanoelectronics, micro-production and many other areas.

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