A modern X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometer has been installed at A.Alikhanyan National laboratory (Yerevan Physics Institute).  The ARLQUANT’X Energy-Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometer from Thermo Electron Corporation (USA) is a state-of-the-art instrument designed for elemental analysis from Na to U with sensitivity of 10-100 ppm (parts per million).It is a modern device for fast, non-destructive high-performance, multi-element analysis in all types of materials, including solids, powders, and liquids. Numerous applications of X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry involve the environmental monitoring, chemicals, mining, archeology, food, electronics, and metal industries.

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Figure 1. Senior scientist Sogomonyan Suren testing new spectrometer

The YerPhI experts now are preparing methodologies for different applications of the spectrometer. The device will serve to Armenian scientific community and different industries.

Funds for purchasing of X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometer were provided by State Science committee as special infrastructure grant.

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Figure 2 Director of the Scientific and Research Institute of Historical and Cultural Heritage Hakob Simonyan and Thermo Techno Corporation engineer Boris Kupcov discussing new spectrometer possibilities in archeometry

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Figure 3 The first archaeological item processed by spectrometer; 500 BC.