YEREVAN (Arka)—Armenia will appropriate an extra 175 million dram (approx. $430,000) to modernize the Yerevan Physics Institute’s CANDLE project’s AREAL linear particle accelerator, the country’s Minister of Education and Science Armen Ashotyan said at a government meeting on Thursday.
The accelerator was launched recently and hailed as a major scientific achievement, Ashotyan said. Now additional funds are needed to modernize science infrastructure, he said.
According to the minister, the modernization will significantly increase the accelerator’s productivity. At the same time, the research and production facilities of the project, as well as the laboratory, will be upgraded, he said.
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. The project consists of two phases. The first phase is commissioning AREAL. A circular accelerator is to be built in the second phase.