The Institute of Physics of
University of Latvia (previously - Institute of Physics of
Latvian Academy of Sciences) is recognized as one of the oldest and
largest worldwide centres in the field of fundamental and applied
magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) research. The employees of the Institute of
Physics (about 75 employees) carry out complex investigations of the
electrodynamic, hydrodynamic and heat/mass transfer phenomena occurring
in liquid conducting media subject to the influence of electromagnetic
fields of different types, in particular, with respect to the problems
of engineering physics and liquid metal technologies. Numerous versions
of electromagnetic pumps and other specific devices for alloys
transport, stirring, pouring, conditioning have been developed for
ferrous and non-ferrous metallurgy, for the technologies of composite
material production and growth of semiconductor single crystals and so
on. The wide experience of the Institute of Physics in the field of
work with liquid metal media, the appropriate experimental equipment
and developed specific methods and procedures of measurements in molten
metals and alloys allow to perform physical and numerical simulations
of different technological processes in order to work out new original
MHD methods for controlling the hydrodynamic and heat/mass transfer
characteristics of melts in metallurgy and single crystal growth from
Agency of University of Latvia.
Register number for scientific institution Nr.551021,
VAT Payer ID: LV90002112199
Institute of Physics of University of
ADDRESS AND CONTACT LINE:
32 Miera iela, Salaspils,
Phone: +(371) 67944700
Fax: +(371) 67901214
Director: Janis Ernests Freibergs, Dr.
Chairman of Council: Professor Agris
Director assistant: Maija Broka firstname.lastname@example.org
Chief accountant: Aida Volkova email@example.com
Total personnel 75, including researchers
with doctor degree - 27
HISTORICAL INFORMATION :
Founded in 1946 as Institute of Physics and
Mathematics of Academy of Sciences. Since 1950 - Institute of Physics,
Academy of Sciences Since 1997 - Institute of Physics, University of
Latvia. Until 1990 the Institute has been a multi-disciplinary research
institution. Reorganization takes place in 1991-1993: laboratories of
solid state physics, nuclear physics, theoretical physics and
mathematics are incorporated within other research institutions. Since
1994 the Institute is a research centre specializing in problems of
magnetohydrodynamics and heat and mass transfer.
PRINCIPAL GOALS AND OBJECTIVES:
* Fundamental and applied research in
hydromechanics and magnetohydrodynamics (MHD), physics of magnetic
phenomena, engineering physics.
* Wide application of research results in Latvian
national economy as well as for international projects and contracts.
Main factors ensuring high implementation standard of projects: -
research facilities (unique magnetohydrodynamic and other equipment)
are preserved and upgraded; - the Institute has a large-scale
multi-branch practice to implement national and international applied
* Participation in University curricula to realize
the principle of its unity with research works; providing training for
top research scientists and Ph.D. students (post-graduate studies).
The Institute publishes an international
The journal was published in two versions: - " Magnitnaya Gidrodinamika
" - published in Russian or English with abstracts in respective other
language. - "Magnetohydrodynamics" - English version of "Magnitnaya
Gidrodinamika" . Since 2002 journal is published in one version - in
English. Editor in chief - Prof. Andrejs Cebers, Dr.habil.phys. Editor
- Vladimirs Zuks.
STRUCTURE OF THE INSTITUTE:
1. Laboratory of Physical
head Ernests Platacis, PhD.
of Heat and Mass Transfer, head Elmars
Blums, Dr. hab. phys.
2.1 Research Group "Magnetic Fluids"
2.2 Research group "Combustion Research and Control"
3. Laboratory of MHD Technology, head Andris
4. Laboratory of Applied MHD,
head Andrejs Shishko, PhD.
5. Laboratory of Electric
Motion, head Janis Freibergs, PhD.
6. Laboratory of Theoretical physics, head Agris
Other structural units:
- administrative and economic units,
- Journal "Magnetohydrodynamics"