AREAL linear accelerator to be put into commission in May 2013

Sona Hakobyan

CANDLE international research center will be established in Armenia in line with the government decision adopted in 2008.

CANDLE (Center for the Advancement of Natural Discoveries using Light Emission) is an ambitious attempt to create a state-of-the art, next-generation facility with applications in a wide range of fields, from basic physics, chemistry, and biology to applied research in drug design, medical diagnostics, and environmental remediation.

CANDLE is an ambitious proposal to build a 3 GeV synchrotron light source facility in Armenia. The goal of CANDLE is to develop a third-generation light source as an international facility. Several such light sources are being developed around the world, but none in the Caucasus. Such a facility would have a broad research and education program that would include work in the areas of physics, chemistry, biology, geology, electronics, crystallography, and medicine.

President of the State Scientific Committee of the Ministry of Education and Science Samvel Harutyunyan told reporters today that the first stage of construction of the AREAL linear accelerator has already started. It is expected to be put into commission in May 2013.

AREAL project is considered as the first phase of CANDLE synchrotron light source creation in Armenia.

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