In NUS lab opens Metamaterials


This year, the Saratov State University (SSU) to the Russian Science Day, which the country celebrated yesterday, was associated not only traditional conferences and meetings, but also the opening of the laboratory "Metamaterials".

The launch of this lab will not only deal with serious basic research to local scientists, but also to contribute to the launch of Saratov innovative high-tech manufacturing, and possibly the most flourishing industrial complex in the region. 
Laboratory "metamaterials" — is a ground floor of the newest devices in the 8th housing SSU. While in Saratov has not yet received all the miracle machine, but by the summer of leadership in the face of the rector of the University of Leonid Kossovich plans to equip the space of the missing equipment.

A special pride of the laboratory — setting BLS, which is due to go to Saratov in April. It allows us to study the physics of wave processes in unique environments that are not found in nature. Saratov plant will be the first in Russia. In their world so far, there are only five (!), Two are in Germany, and one — in the United States, Italy and Poland.  

The university was able to open a laboratory, a grant of the Government of the Russian Federation for the state support of research conducted under the supervision of leading scientists at Russian institutions of higher learning in the sciences "Electronics". The head of the laboratory became deputy director of the Institute of Radio Engineering and Electronics. VA Nyquist, corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences Sergei Nikita, who was in Saratov at the opening of the laboratory and about the reasons due to which it has been entrusted to Saratov right to conduct innovative research in electronics.



It turned out that in the struggle for a new laboratory we walked around the city of Penza and Saransk universities. "We have received a lot of similar proposals, but the choice in favor of Saratov, we have done almost immediately. I know that there is a very strong school of physics and problems in recruitment would not — explained Sergey Appolonovich. — In addition, the key moment for us was the possibility of practical application of our developments in practice. With production in the country, things are not important, but your city managed to keep some factories and enterprises. "

According to a member of the Presidium of RAS Academician Yuri Gulyaev, the opening of the laboratory makes SGU one of the best scientific grounds in Russia. "Our country does not operate more than a dozen of these laboratories, and the network must be constantly expanded. At the mere Skolkovo can not count if we really, once again want to become a great scientific power — said the academician. — Yes, and young scientists often go abroad not only because of high wages, but also because of the fact that they have no opportunity to study at home. And if you give them a chance to work at home on the best equipment, the problem of outflow of talents will be forgotten. "

The lab will work in four areas — Photonic, phonon, magnon and plasmonic crystals. The materials thus obtained can be used in many areas. For example, to treat cancer using gold nanoparticles to create ultra-modern medical diagnostic systems, integrated circuits of any complexity, devices terragertsevogo vision.

Considered to be the most promising direction of radio frequency with the use of modern radio-frequency tags. This is a kind of alternative to the familiar bar code. However, with the advent of labels at once no longer needed at the cashier. The information will be immediately removed from the labels using special equipment, and customers can pay for purchases with plastic cards. According to this principle have been around for fancy department stores in Europe. Apply labels are also in the automotive industry and container transport. The local scientists already have their hands on a prototype of such a mark — barely visible flat disk with a diameter of 0.5 cm with a mini antenna and reader to boot. His Saratov physics under Professor, Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences Sergei Suchkov already produced a few test copies, and the commissioning of Japanese electron-beam lithography can produce them by the thousands.

To manufacture innovative tags scientists plan without leaving the city limits, the plant "Contact". There's a lot of years building stood empty for microelectronic products. Who is the "contact" creates a special industrial structure. The so-called "clean" rooms are filled with equipment. Work in them only in special suits that provide complete sterility of the process.

However, to say that the problem of the practical realization of fundamental developments resolved, still do not have. Representatives of the Ministry of Industry at the meeting before the opening of the laboratory have promised to attend to the financing of promotion of the ideas and leave the lab unattended, when scientists will work out of the grant. "In the development of unique and Russia used to be far from the last power, but seriously misled industry — says Professor SGU, Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences Alexander Skripal. — Today, we face the task of developing high-technology, electronics, military and space applications. A little later, you can go on to develop a purely domestic, utilitarian needs. In any case, if the state invests the money in the laboratory, it must attend to and opportunity to practice out of all these ideas. One without the other is unthinkable. "


Author: Catherine Ferenets


Articles laboratory manager "Metamaterials", Corresponding Member of RAS, SA Nikitova.

1."Metamaterials: from optics to acoustics" ("Science and Life", № 12, 2011) 

2."Crystals of the new generation" (Nature, № 1, 2012) 




In September 2011, the laboratory "Metamaterials" opened at the St. Petersburg State University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (Mechanics and Optics)

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