About the Cosmic Ray Division in ArmeniaA Division of Yerevan Physics Institute, in May 2004 renamed
Alikhanian Physicis Institute
Founded in 1943
The head of the CRD is Prof. Ashot Chilingarian, a visionary and energetic leader whose commitment to scientific excellence has resulted in international recognition and support for the research conducted in Armenia.
The Cosmic Ray Division consists of about 80 scientists, engineers,
technicians, students, and support personnel who conduct cutting edge research on cosmic rays,
high energy physics and solar phenomena.
CRD's two observatories on Mt. Aragats collect data which is analyzed using sophisticated mathematical software developed by the CRD. Their research is of both theoretical and practical interest. Solar flares and mass ejections, when directed toward earth, adversely affect power distribution systems on earth and can damage satellites in orbit as well as endangering astronauts. CRD is working on a prototype early warning system which can alert satellite operators, astronauts, and other interested parties about the occurrence of such events 30 minutes before the damaging effects reach the earth. This service can result in savings of billions of dollars.
CRD scientists represent Armenia at a number of international
scientific conferences and have received wide acclaim for their research.
The CRD staff is determined to continue their world class research and
to do it in Armenia.
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