Nuclear Analytical Laboratory

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Last Updated: August 17, 2012
Other Name: N/A
Location: Der Al-Hadjar Nuclear Research Center, near Damascus
Subordinate To: Atomic Energy Commission of Syria (AECS)
Size: Laboratory
Facility Status: Operational

Aided by the IAEA, the AECS set up a nuclear analytical laboratory between 1982 and 1990. [1] The facility is equipped with a range of systems for nuclear analytical services, including atomic absorption spectrometry, X-ray fluorescence analysis, gas and liquid chromatography, fluorimetry and low-level alpha, beta and gamma counting. According to the original IAEA technical cooperation project's goal, the laboratory was expected to provide analysis of geological samples for uranium content, among other services. [2]

[1] Magnus Normark, Anders Lindblad, Anders Norqvist, Bjorn Sandstrom, and Louise Waldenstrom, "Syria and WMD: Incentives and Capabilities," FOI Swedish Defence Research Agency, June 2004, p. 54,
[2] "SYR/1/002: Nuclear Analytical Laboratory," IAEA Technical Cooperation Projects, 1990,

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