March 10, 2016
The first experimental results in the fields of life and materials sciences obtained by using AREAL 2-5 MeV energy ultrashort electron beam are summarized in the paper of V. M. Tsakanov et al, “AREAL Low Energy Electron Beam Applications in Life and Materials Sciences” published in Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A (2016). The paper is now available online at:http://authors.elsevier.com/sd/article/S016890021600190X.
Prof. Ruben M. Aroutiounian, Head of Genetics and Cytology Chair, Faculty of Biology, Yerevan State University
Prof. Yeva B. Dalyan, Head of Molecular Physics Chair, Faculty of Physics, Yerevan State University
Prof. Samvel G. Haroutiunian, Yerevan State University
Prof. Hrant N. Yeritsyan, A.I. Alikhanian National Science Laboratory (YerPhI)
Prof. Vachagan V. Harutyunyan, Head of Applied Research Dep., A.I. Alikhanian National Science Lab.(YerPhI)
Prof. Ashot G. Petrosyan, Head of Scintillating Materials Laboratory,Institute for Physical Research NAS RA
Prof. Vahe V. Buniatyan, Microelectronics and Biomedical Devices Chair, SEUA
Dr. Nelli S. Babayan, Institute of Molecular Biology NAS RA/Yerevan State University
Dr. Norair Martirosyan, State Engineering University of Armenia
Dr. Bagrat A. Grigoryan, CANDLE Synchrotron Research Institute
The AREAL (Advanced Research Electron Accelerator Laboratory) is a laser-driven RF gun based linear accelerator project designed as a multipurpose facility in the fields of new accelerator technology and applied research. The facility first stage, the RF photogun, provides a 2-5 MeV energy ultrashort electron beams with bunch charge of 10-250 pC. The usage of AREAL electron beams in the fields of life and materials sciences is an important issue for exploiting the full potential of the facility.
Although a number of advanced experimental techniques at the new facility, like relativistic electron diffraction, are under development, experimental investigations in the fields of radiobiology, molecular physics, solid-state physics and microelectronics are claimed.
In this paper, a review of AREAL performance and the first experimental results obtained by the research groups from Yerevan State University, State Engineering University of Armenia, Institute of Molecular Biology NAS RA, A. I. Alikhanyan National Science Laboratory (YerPhI), Institute for Physical Research NAS RA and CANDLE Synchrotron Research Institute are presented. The paper touches upon the experimental investigations in the fields of molecular-genetic effects, silicon-dielectric structures, ferroelectric nanofilms and radiation hardness single crystals for scintillators.