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Institute for Low Temperature Physics and Engineering of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Department of Magnetic and Elastic Properties of Solids

Head of Department: Doctor of Sciences
Gennadiy E. Grechnev
tel: +(380)-57-3405011, fax: +(380)-57-3403370, e-mail: grechnev@ilt.kharkov.ua
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The department was organized in 1966 by Prof. B. I. Verkin, Academician of 
the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, who contributed substantially to the
development and scientific profile of the department.
Prof. I.V. Svechkarev was the Head of the Department from 1966 till 2008.
             The following scientists have been educated and received
             their doctor degrees in the department: A. S. Panfilov, V. B. Pluzhnikov,
V. V. Zhukov, V. I. Poltoratskiy, S. A. Vorontsov, Yu. P. Sereda, G. E. Grechnev
V. V. Khotkevich, N. V. Savchenko, M. Yu. Shvedun.
      The development and achivments in magnetic spectroscopy of metals
      have been awarded by The State Prize of Ukraine (I.V. Svechkarev, 1980).

    At present, 12 scientific staff members and 1 PhD student work at the Department, among them 5 Doctors of Sciences V. V. Eremenko, I. V. Svechkarev, V. D. Fil, V. A. Sirenko,
    G. E. Grechnev
    and 7 Candidates of Sciences (Ph.D.): N. G. Burma, V. A. Desnenko, G. A. Zvyagina, A. S. Panfilov, A. V. Logosha, A. E. Baranovskiy, Yu. A. Shabakayeva

    Main scientific fields

    The research field of the department covers a broad area of fundamental problems within magnetic properties of metals, intermetallic compounds and alloys.
      This includes primarily:

  • Studies of magnetization and magnetic susceptibility in localized and itinerant magnetic systems under high pressure, including rare-earths and actinides.
  • Investigations of structural defects with magnetic methods.
  • Study of elastic properties of solids.
  • Studies of uniaxial compression effects on magnetic properties in anisotropic magnetic materials.
  • Magnetostriction in magnetic and superconducting compounds. 
  • Experimental and theoretical investigations of anomalous conduction electrons diamagnetism.
  • First-principles calculations of the electronic structure and magnetic properties of metallic systems and semiconductors.
  • Theoretical studies of magnetic structure of solids.
The achieved scientific results cover a broad spectrum of problems in the following fields:
The de Haas - van Alphen effect has been revealed and investigated in rare-earth compounds.
Giant orbital diamagnetism was discovered in metals and compounds, related to topological FS transitions.
Theoretically studied anisotropic magnetic properties of HCP iron in the Earth inner core, and its possible relation to the seismic anisotropy of Earth.
Theoretical investigations of electronic structure, stability, magnetic and electro-chemical properties of potential lithium batteries based on Mn oxides.
Analysis of elastic properties of super hard materials, such as transition metals dioxides and dodecaborides.
Strong pressure effect on exchange interactions and band structure was found in highly enhanced itinerant paramagnets and weak ferromagnets, based on 3d-elements, rare-earths and actinides.
Peculiar magnetic properties of concentrated Kondo systems were studied.
Detecting anomalous magnetovolume effects in new superconductors FeSe (Te).
Detailed calculations of electronic structures, elastic and magnetic properties of rare-earth hexaborides and dodecaborides have been performed.
Discovery of quantum magnetic oscillations of magnetostriction in the mixed state of superconductors.


Low Temperature magnetic studies

Research group of the elastic properties of solids

Studies of pressure effects on magnetic properties

Theoretical studies of electronic structure and magnetic properties

Group of studies of structures and magnetoelastic properties of low-dimensional systems in the region of low temperature phase transitions


    The department is actively involved in international cooperation with a number of foreign scientific centers:
  • International Laboratory of High Magnetic Field and Low Temperatures, Wroclaw, Poland.
  • W. Trzebiatowski Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research, Wroclaw, Poland.
  • Institute of Physics, PAN (Polish Academy of Sciences)
  • Kyoto University (Department of Material Science and Engineering), Japan
  • Osaka University (Department Graduate School of Science), Japan
  • Florida State University (Department of Physics), USA
  • Institute of Experimental Physics, Kosice, Slovak Republic
  • Advanced Nanotechnology Co. New-York, USA
  • Iowa State University, USA
  • Lucent Technology, New-Jersey, USA
  • Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, USA
  • Grenoble High Magnetic Field La. France
  • Laboratory des Tres Bass Temperature, Grenoble, France
  • Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Calcutta, India
  • Institute of Solid State and Semiconductor Physics, Minsk, Belarus
  • Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain
  • Centre de Recherches sur les Tres Basses Temperatures, Fourie University, Grenoble, France
  • Quantum Matter Group, Cavendish Laboratory University of Cambridge,Cambridge, UK
  • Van der Waals-Zeeman Institute, Univ. of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • University of Uppsala, Sweden
  • Hahn-Meitner Institut, Berlin, Germany
  • Institute of Metal Physics, Russia
  • Prokhorov General Physics Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia
  • Physics Department, Moscow, Russia
  • Frantsevich Institute for Problems of Materials Science, Kiev
  • Institute of Metal Physics of NASU, Kiev
  • National Science Center Kharkov Institute of Physics and Technology, Kharkov
  • Taras Shevchenko National University, Kiev