Institute of Physics, Slovak Academy of Sciences, IPSAS

Institute of Physics of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (IPSAS), founded in 1953, carries out basic theoretical and experimental research in solid state physics, quantum optics, nuclear and subnuclear physics. In solid state physics the effort is focused on rapidly solidified and metastable materials, thin films, multilayers and nanostructures and on special diagnostic and structure-analysis methods, physical property measurements as well as computer materials science of metastable alloys. Current staff counts over 90 researchers and 20 PhD students. IPSAS is involved in broad collaboration via scientific projects and cooperations with major research centres as e.g. CERN, JINR Dubna, GSI Darmstadt, ESRF Grenoble, DESY Hamburg, CERN Geneve, ICTP Trieste

Research activities of Department of Metal Physics (DMP) include kinetics, thermodynamics, stability and microstructure of metastable alloy phases, also by ab-initio calculations and Monte-Carlo modelling, magnetisation processes and magnetoelastic effects in soft and hard magnetic materials and applications of developed alloy systems. DMP owns four planar flow casting devices and technology to prepare rapidly quenched alloys on laboratory and semi-industrial scale, also in protective atmospheres or vacuum.

DMP staff with 18 senior researchers, 5 postdocs, 5 technicians and 3 PhD students output in 2009-2013 over 200 CC publications and numerous conference contributions, also as a result of intense cooperation with partners from abroad, together with joint EU and NATO research projects and (co-)organisation of 6 international conferences. DMP is a member of European Integrated Center for the Development of New Metallic Alloys and Compounds (C-MAC).

Role in the Project

DMP IPSAS prepare selected alloy systems by arc-melting and rapid quenching. Detailed preparation technology – structure - property correlation are performed. Processing algorithms for optimisation of hard magnetic and mechanical properties at expected operating temperatures and material stability are assessed by kinetic and thermodynamic methods.

The Team


Dr. Peter Svec
Institute of Physics
Slovak Academy of Sciences
Dubravska cesta 9
84511 Bratislava