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  1. History of the Institute In the beginning of the 60’s academician M.L.Ter-Mikaelyan unified efforts of various laboratories of the Armenian Academy of Sciences and of the Yerevan State University towards developments in the laser physics. Due to this, the first in Armenia ruby laser was operated in 1962 based on a ruby crystal produced in Armenia. In 1968, the Institute for Physical Research was founded on the base of these and other laboratories with a branch at the Kirovakan Chemical Plant. Beginning from 1972, along with fundamental studies, development of technology of materials for quantum electronics was started in the favor of several ministries of the former Soviet Union. In 80’s, developments on garnets, niobates, molybdates, iodates and else materials were transferred to many societies of the former Soviet Union. From 1976 to 1991 the Institute had a production plant for many materials for quantum electronics. From 1988, activity on high temperature superconductivity was initiated. In different years the Institute was attended by Nobel prize winners C.Townes, N.Basov,A.Prochorov and other prominent scientists. The Institute organizes annual conference on Laser Physics attended by scientists from many countries.

  2. Institute for Physical Research, Armenian National Academy of Sciences Address: 378410 Ashtarak-2, Republic of Armenia E-mail (central):; web site: Honorary director: Prof., Academician M.L.Ter-Mikaelyan Director: Prof. E.S.Vardanyan, e-mail: Total number of employees:188, Scientific personnel - 89, Academicians - 2, Doctors of Sciences - 14, Candidates of Sciences - 44. Current Activities of the Institute Scientific directions: laser physics, non-linear and quantum optics, interaction of radiation with matter, crystal growth, solid state physics. Research is performed in 12 laboratories: Laboratory of Theoretical physics, Optics, Ultrafast processes, Crystal optics, Crystal growth (laser, scintillator, substrate materials), Solid state physics, Instrumentation for crystal growth, High-temperature superconductivity, Superconducting detectors, Quantum optics, Solid state lasers, Gas- discharge processes.

  3. Presentation of Technologies 1. Sol gel thin films (PT, PZT, KTP) 2. KTP for multi-functional application 3. Production of LiJO3 single crystals 4. Crystals for detectors of ionizing radiation 5. Oxide laser crystals with rare-earth doping (garnets, perovskites,etc) 6. Substrates for superconducting films (CaNdAlO4, LaGaO3, others) 7. Production of large size uniform thin films by laser ablation 8. Films with high Seebeck coefficients for low temperature applications 9. Lithium niobate of stoichiometric composition.

  4. Application of Technologies (Industry section) 1. Sol gel thin films (PT, PZT, KTP). Application fields - integral optics, photonics, piezotransformers, piezomotors, Electronic industry 2. KTP for multifunctional application. Application field - Laser radiation harmonic generation, self-frequency doubling, electric optical Q-switching 3. Production of LiJO3 single crystals. Used in frequency transformation of laser radiation e.g. frequency doubling of YAG-Nd. Production method - from water solution. Crystal size 606060 mm3 . High optical quality. Process duration - 10 months. 4.Crystals for detectors of ionizing radiation. Example materials - YAlO3-Ce, YAG-Ce, LuAlO3-Ce. Potential application fields - medical imaging, high energy physics, geophysical exploration, security control systems. 5.Oxide laser crystals with rare-earth doping. Garnets, perovskites. Example materials - YAG-Yb, LuAG-Yb, YAG-Er, LuAlO3-Nd, YbAlO3, TmAlO3. Laser development and production sector. 6.Substrates for superconducting films. Production of thin films

  5. 7. Production of large size uniform thin films by laser ablation - Production of thin films 8. Films with high Seebeck coefficients for low temperature applications -low temperature metrology 9. Lithium niobate of stoichiometric composition. Application field - e.g. in frequency doubling of laser radiation 1,060,53m at phase matching temperature providing for no photorefractive effects. Industry sector- laser production.

  6. List of cooperation Partners Institute for Optical Neuronic Technologies (Moscow) Lebedev Institute of Physics (Moscow) Institute of General Physics (Moscow) Lyon University (France) CERN (Switzerland) Stanford University(USA) Pennsylvania University (USA) Naval Research Laboratories (USA) Madrid Autonomy University (Spain) Kyushu University (Japan) Imperial College (UK)

  7. Cooperation form desired: 1.Partners for ISTC projects 2.Collaborators for ISTC projects 3.Partners for joint scientific programs (NATO, INTAS, etc) 4.Cooperation partners in marketing of the products and technologies