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Institute of Radiophysics and Electronics in Honor of Usikov

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General Information

The Institute of Radiophysics and Electronics (IRE) was established in 1955 as a spin-off of the Kharkov Institute of Physics and Technology as a primary research institution in microwave science and engineering in Ukraine. The main objective of the newly founded Institute was research and development in the wide frequency range of electromagnetic wave spectrum, with а special emphasis on the millimeter (mm) and sub-millimeter (sub-mm) waves.

The structure of the Institute includes 19 departments (650 people, 220 of which are scientists), a Special Design Bureau (SKTB), and a Pilot Production facility for experimental and prototyping production of microwave and mm-wave devices. The facility works with IRE researchers on application development projects, but maintains certain independence within the Institute.

Institute’s Focus

Institute of Radiophysics and Electronics is engaged in fundamental and applied research in the following areas:

  • semiconductor materials science;
  • interaction between electromagnetic radiation and matter;
  • semiconductor optics, spectroscopy and photonics;
  • physics of low-dimensional structures, micro- and nanoelectronics;
  • optoelectronics and solar energetics;
  • technologies and materials for sensors;
  • infrared engineering and microwave electronics.

Valuable Technology Offerings

Tangible outputs include mm-wave klystrons, magnetrons, klynotrons, and orotrons (generators of diffraction radiation), as well as systems for high temperature plasma diagnostics, masers for radio astronomy, Doppler, noise and other radars, polarimeters, high-temperature sensors, super-compact testing ranges, and so on.

Concurrently with traditional fields of study, new areas of research were explored to include subsurface radiolocation (Ultra Wide Band / Short Pulse (UWB/SP) Radiolocation), optics of periodic media, Earth remote sensing from air- and space-born carriers, acoustic monitoring of sea bottom, use of microwave electronics for biomedical applications, etc.

Scientific Cooperation and Technology Transfer

IRE maintains active collaboration with a number of research institutions both in and outside of Ukraine. Close ties remain with the National Scientific Center “Kharkov Physical-Technical institute” (e.g., joint research on electronic-optical modules for vacuum systems), one of the founders of Scientific and Industrial Concern NAUKA, a project management organization facilitating technology transfer and commercialization through a number of programs, such as the bi-lateral Russian-Ukrainian Science and Technology Program “Nanophysics and Nanoelectronics”.

International cooperation includes joint research projects under European Union’s Framework programs. For example, IRE’s Modeling of Optoelectronic Components and Antennas group participates in two Networks of Excellence, Micro- Scale to Nano-Scale Photonic Structures for Optical Communications and Antenna Center of Excellence. Over 20 projects were funded by INTAS and STCU. Noteworthy is cooperation with the International Research Centre for Telecommunications and Radar, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, the International Center for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy, and, especially, the Institute of Bio-and Nanosystems (IBN) of the Research Centre Julich, Germany, where IRE scientists participate in the studies of transport and noise properties in advanced materials and heterostructures for the design of ultra low noise oscillators and sensors.

Technologies of the Institute of Radiophysics and Electronics(to see each click below)

Contact Details

Vladimir M. Yakovenko, Director, Dr. Sc., Prof., Academician of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
Tel.: (+38 057) 715 1129
Fax: (+38 057) 315 0000
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Oleksandr E. Kogut, Deputy Director on Science, Ph.D., Chief Technology Commercialization Officer
Tel.: (+38 057) 720 3457
Fax: (+38 057) 315 0000
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Web-site: www.ire.kharkov.ua

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