Material and technical base of the institute is modern and fully equipped to:
- Obtain investigation objects (pure metals, alloys, compounds) such as poly- and monocrystals, thin films, including multilayer films (superlattices) and amorphous and nanocrystalline metal alloys;
- Produce optical, reinforcing, and wear resistant coatings;
- Investigate condensed matters (metals, semiconductors, metal-ceramics and others) under the following conditions: high and low temperatures (1.5 K to 4000 K); high and low pressure (hydrostatic pressure from 10-11 mmHg to 20 000 atm and quasi-hydrostatic pressure to 400 000 atm); constant (12 Tesla) and pulsed (up to 40 Tesla) magnetic fields; neutron (up to 5 ∙ 1013 n/cm2), electronic (up to 5 MeV), ion (up to 2 MeV), and laser radiation;
- Explore, by various methods, chemical composition and crystal, magnetic, and electronic structure of macro- and micro-volumes, including intergranular and transgranular interfaces;
- Determine different characteristics of the physical and physico-mechanical properties of condensed matters.
Equipment to produce research objects includes the following installations:
- For growing refractory metal crystals;
- For obtaining metal superstructures by molecular beam epitaxy using an ultra-high vacuum system “Katun-C”;
- For depositing solid carbon coatings (1-3 microns) by pulsed arc evaporation, etc. using a UVNIIPA-04 vacuum machine;
- For sputtering.
The study of condensed matters under extreme conditions can be carried out:
- Using an IVV-2M research nuclear reactor;
- Using a 5 MeV electron accelerator;
- In chambers of hydrostatic and quasihydrostatic pressure;
- Using installations for constant and pulsed magnetic fields;
- In a facility for strong shear deformation under pressure;
- In a dissolution refrigerator and a cryostat (Oxford Instruments) to create low temperatures to 0.15 K, etc.
The Institute has a variety of analytical equipment. It includes:
- A Tecnai G2 30 Twin analytical transmission electron microscope equipped with scanning systems;
- An EDAX energy dispersive spectrometer;
- A GATAN-filter image;
- An EESL microscope;
- A SM-30 Super Twin analytical transmission microscope, equipped with a scanning system and an energy dispersive X-ray microanalysis system (EDAX);
- A SEM 515 scanning microscope, equipped with a Genesis 2000XMS 60 SEM energy dispersive X-ray microanalysis system;
- A JEM 200 CX transmission microscope;
- X-ray diffractometers: DRON-3M, DRON-6, a MPMS-5XL magnetometric installation (a SQUID magnetometer), a PPMS-9 complex system for measuring physical properties of materials
The researchers have at their disposal powerful techniques such as Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR), Nuclear Gamma Resonance (NGR) and other resonance methods, positron annihilation, and almost all kinds of spectroscopy - X-ray, electronic, optical, neutron and secondary ions.