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,
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).
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.