The eLBRUS project aims to create a research and development centre for the study of hard, soft and lively matter, using an accelerator with ultra-high vacuum. The eLBRUS R&D complex comprises four laboratories: Nuclear and Medical Physics Laboratory, Radiospectroscopy Laboratory, Polymer Laboratory and Optoelectronics Laboratory.
The objectives of the eLBRUS project include:
- creation of a research and development base;
- increase in the effectiveness of using the high research potential of the scientific staff of the University of Szczecin;
- integration of the environment into economic and social actors;
- combining unique basic research with service and consultancy activities
Nuclear and Medical Physics Laboratory
For the needs of the Nuclear and Medical Physics Laboratory, a prototype and unique in the world light ion accelerator system is being built with an ion source and beam transport system and a scattering chamber. The system will be equipped with apparatus enabling operation in ultra-high vacuum conditions. The applied methods of nuclear physics combined with diagnostic methods of surface physics, condensed matter and optics will allow for a comprehensive study of issues related to the search for alternative energy sources, creation of so-called intelligent materials and medicines, development of new radiotherapeutic methods in the fight against cancer.
The Radiospectroscopy Laboratory of the Section of Solid Body Physics of the Institute of Physics conducts research on various current issues of solid body physics using nuclear magnetic resonance methods. Currently, the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) method is one of the most important experimental methods of science. In chemistry and physics, practical applications of NMR provide important information about the structure, internal dynamics and chemical reactions of various organic and inorganic compounds in liquid or solid state.
Polymers are complex molecules and occur in various states, which roughly can be described as vitreous, crystalline and amorphous. The main aim of the polymer laboratory will be to support and develop the economy of our province. Particularly important in this respect will be cooperation with the Faculty of Earth Sciences in order to use the solutions developed during the evolution by organisms living in the Baltic Sea to create better materials. Cooperation with the CASA* centre will also be important, enabling contacts with astrobiologists throughout Europe and the world. The research will concern applications e.g. in chemistry and the so-called space industry.
The LabOpt already serves scientists and students, and it will also provide applied research for the region’s businesses. The basic research tool of modern optics is the laser, a powerful source of light with properties that natural light, such as sunlight, does not have. The laboratory is equipped, among other things, with around 10 semiconductor lasers, which are used to study optical phenomena. The research equipment also includes interferometers used for precise analysis of the shape of objects, as well as imaging systems with the help of which experiments in the field of imaging techniques can be performed. They can also be used in optical processor systems.