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To provide necessary infrastructure for the research activities within the research projects, several laboratories equipped with special technologies are part of the Institute. Due to the participation of the Institute in several SAS consortia for solving the projects of the EU structural funds, another common laboratories are situated in the Institute. The most important laboratories are:


Laboratory of MR tomography of the National center for NMR

In this laboratory that is part of the Department of imaging methods there are three configurations of MR and X-ray tomographs:




Experimental whole body tomograph TMR - 96 is a MR device with a resistive  0.1 T magnet and a TECMAG console. The device is used in material research as well as in biomedical applicatioons





MR imager ESAOTE - Opera with permanent magnet 0.178 T. This device is used in biomedical research and in the material research in the area of nanotechnologies.

(This equipment is placed, used and maintained at IMS SAS as member of the NMR National Centre. However, for administrative reasons it is a property of the Slovak Technical University).




The result of an APVV agency project is a digital radiological system with energetic separation of detected ions with an X-ray source with a small focus of 10 μm for scanning and tomography.




Laboratory of X-ray microtomography

This is a joint laboratory of the Institute of Measurement Science and Institute of Materials & Machine Mechanics, Slovak Academy of Sciences, and the equipment of the laboratory was acquired from the structural funds of the EU within the project CEKOMAT.


Microtomograph Phoenix Nanotom 180 is a X-ray tomograph with minimal voxel resolution of 500 nm, 180 kV / 15W X-ray tube with nanofocusation, detector 2300x2300 pixels. Computing cluster of 8 PCs for 3D image reconstruction from projections includes special software modules for measurement of porosity, defects and coordinate metrology. The device enables 3D analysis of material structure (composits), nondestructive testing and measurement of internal dimensions of small objects with resolution of 0.5 μm / voxel (sensors, microelectromechanical systems, micro-electronic components, biological objects, archaeological artefacts).



Laboratory of optical and FTIR spectroscopy

The laboratory is a part of the Department of optoelectronic measuring methods and the equipment was obtained from the structural funds of the EU within the project CEKOMAT 2.


The laboratory is equipped by optical UV-VIS-NIR spectrometer Horiba-Jobin-Yvon iHR550, sensitive in ultraviolet, visible and near-infrared electromagnetic spectrum.


The laboratory is equipped also by an FTIR spectrometer Agilent Cary 680 with sensitivity in infrared spectrum up to 25 μm. The lab serves for optical material characterization, measurement of their optical spectral characteristics: reflectancy, transmitancy and absorbtancy.



Laboratory of optical measuring methods

This laboratory is also a part of the Department of optoelectronic measuring methods and and its equipment serves prevalently for the research of objects of cultural heritage, including a european COST project.


Thermographic camera NEC San-ei Thermo Tracer TH7102WX with noncooled microbolometric matrix detector, space resolution of 320x240 pixels, with measured range of temperatures from -40 to +500°C, noise equivalent temperature resolution 0.08°C at 30°C, sensitivity range 8-14 μm, measurement error ±2% of the range.



Laboratory for preparation and measurement of properties of materials

The laboratory serves for study and synthesis of bulk high-temperature superconductors, e.g.  REBCO or TlPbSrBaCaCu, synthesis of sputtering targets for thin superconducting films and REBCO structures, study of nano-precursors Fe3O4 and TiO2 for applications in material research and medicine. It is also equipped for measurement of magnetic properties of materials.

The laboratory is equipped by several horizontal and one vertical  furnace and several high-energy mills.

System for measurement of magnetic properties of materials using SQUID: Quantum Design MPMS-XL-7AC system. Range of applied DC field: +/- 7 T, sensitivity: 10-11Am2 for applied fields (0 T - 0.25 T). Frequency for AC susceptibility: from 10-2 Hz up to 1000 Hz. Temperature range: 2 K - 400 K. Stability of the magnetic field ise 1 ppm/hod. Sensitivity of the device is 10-11 Am2 at (0 T - 0.25 T). This equipment was acquired from the EU structurel funds.



Laboratory for measurement of weak magnetic fields

Important area of the research in the Institute is measurement of weak magnetic fields. Special laboratory with HF shielding situated in the forest near the Institute serves for the measurement of weak magnetic fields with the use of superconducting quantum magnetometers - SQUIDs.

SQUID_lab One-channel low-Tc RF SQUID system with equivalent sensitivity of ~20x10-15 T Hz-1/2 in the white noise range. Gradiometer's diameter: 40mm. (own development).


Laboratory of biomeasurements

The laboratory belongs to the Department of biomeasurements and Department of theoretical methods. Its equipment is used in several projects oriented to research of the heart and brain. Most of the devices are results of own research and development.


ProCardio 8 - High resolution 128-channel ECG mapping device. The device is a PC-based and battery powered measuring and ECG processing system with active or passive electrodes. The system enables long term recording and processing of multichannel ECG and computation of body surface potential maps as the input for cardiac diagnostics based on inverse solutions (ECG imaging). (Own development)

RoboArm - a compact robot-assisted neurorehabilitation tool that combines the brain-computer interface (BCI) technology with a robotic rehabilitation system.

BioLab STI - PC-based device for measurement of systolic time intervals. (Own development). Measured time intervals are computed from electrocardiographic records, phono cardiograms and carotidograms. It is one of several  modules of the BioLab distributed measuring system BioLab.

BioLab ATR - PC-based device for measurement of the Achilles tendon reflex. The device is another module of the BioLab system for laboratory biophysical examination of the patient. The ATR (Achilles Tendom Reflex) module is a contactless sensor of the sole movement after mechanical stimulation of the Achilles tendom by a neurological hammer. Time intervals of the recorded reflex characterize the patient neuromuscular system influenced by the the functional state of the thyroid gland.

ProGastro 3 - PC-based device for measurement of the electrical activity of the gastro-intestinal tract.

ProGastro 3 is a mobile battery powered device with charging from the power line 230V/50Hz. It consists of a controlling PC and a measuring terminal based on ADµC812 microcontroller connected by RS232 serial bus. The measuring terminal enables to record one reference ECG signal and 4 EGG signals with programmable gain and frequency response. The device has active compensation of in-phase disturbing signals. The software includes long term real time signal recording, archiving, processing and evaluation in time and frequency domain.  


Laboratories that are situated in the building of the Institute of Measurement Science but their equipment belongs to other institutes within SAS consortia.


Laboratory of X-ray difractometry I.

Equipment of the laboratory was acquired by a consortium of SAS institutes (Inst. of Physics, Electrotechnical Institute, Inst. of Materials a Machinery Mechanics, Inst. of Anorganic Chemistry, IMS SAS),  is operated by Electrotechnical Institute and is situated in IMS SAV building.


Laboratory is equipped with the BRUKER AXS - D8 DISCOVER SUPER SPEED DIFFRACTION SYSTEM that serves for the research of the structure of crystalic materials, It enables detailed investigation of the atomic structure of volume materials and thin layer structures, multi-layers and super-grids on the nanometer level. The device contains special high intensity X-ray source enabling acquiring of new information on the material structure,  shortening of the analysis time and increasing the measurement efficiency.


Laboratory of X-ray difractometry II.

The laboratory is operated by the Inst. of Anorganic Chemistry and is placed in the IMS SAS building.


The laboratory contains Panalytical Empyrean X-ray difractometer.


  • Bragg-Brentano, Theta-theta system
  • X-ray source: Cu lamp
  • Detector: PIXcel 3D


  • Measurement of films, measurement of powders in reflex and transmission mode.
  • Measurement of bulk (volume) samples in reflex mode.
  • Possibility to measure microdifraction of bulk samples (focussing on 1μm grain).
  • Possibility of powder high-temperature difraction in situ in a thermo-chamber:

- temperatures in the range 25-1500°C (short time up to 1600°C)

- warming speed:1-100°C/min - atmosphere: air, vacuum, nitrogen, argon (pressures: 7Pa-1,5Atm)

Minimal detection limit: 3,5-4% (m/m) ratio of the crystalic phase.


Laboratory for preparation and forming of nanostructures (FIB laboratory)

The laboratory was built within an EU structural funds project CENTE by several institutes ((Electrotechnical Institute, Inst- of Measurement Science, Inst. of Informatics,  Inst. of Physics and Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics SUT in Bratislava). The laboratory is situated in the IMS SAS building.

This is laboretory of nanotechnologies equipped with a dual microscope QUANTA 200 3D using two beams: beam of electrons is used for sample imaging, the beam of ions is used  for sample shapening. Resolution of the electron optics is 3,5 nm, ion optics hs resolution of 10 nm). 


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