YEREVAN, August 22. /ARKA/. Armenia will appropriate extra 175 million drams to modernize the AREAL linear accelerator as part of the CANDLE project, the country’s minister of education and science Armen Ashotyan said at a government meeting on Thursday.
The accelerator was launched a couple of weeks ago, which is a major scientific achievement, Ashotyan said. Now additional funds are needed to modernize science infrastructures, he said.
According to the minister, the modernization will bring the output of the accelerator up to 20 megaelectron volt. 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 enable scientists
conducting fundamental research in physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, pharmaceutics, nanoelectronics, micro-production and many other areas. The project consists of two phases. The first phase is commissioning of AREAL linac. A circular accelerator is to be built in the second phase.
Currently, there are more than 40 light sources in the world, located in the U.S., Western Europe and Japan . According to experts, they annually generate $750 billion of income. ($1 – 407.79drams). –0--