The Institute of Scientific Instruments of the Czech Academy of Science

Institute of Scientific Instruments of the CAS, v.v.i. (ISI) is a public research institution upon Act No. 341/2005 Coll.
ISI goals are to perform scientific research, contribute to the utilization of its research and provide research infrastructure.

Main areas of ISI research are

  •  magnetic resonance,
  •  electron microscopy and microanalysis,
  •  utilization of lasers,
  •  acquisition and processing of biosignals,
  •  construction of scientific instruments and their parts,
  •  improvement and utilization of special technologies.

Activity of ISI

  •  contributes to raising the level of knowledge and education,
  •  contributes to the utilization of the results of the scientific research,
  •  acquires, processes and disseminates scientific information,
  •  issues scientific publications,
  •  provides scientific assessments, professional opinions, and recommendations,
  •  provides consulting and advisory services.

ISI cooperates with

  •  universities within doctoral study programmes and training of young scientists,
  •  foreign institutions within joint research projects, exchange of scientific information, and organization of scientific meetings,
  •  other research and professional institutions,
  •  partners from industry.

Cryogenics at ISI Brno

The Cryogenics and Superconductivity Group started its activities in the research and development of superconducting magnets for nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), including scientific and technical background for reaching and preserving of very low temperatures down to 4.2 K. As time went on, the group has taken into account additional fields of cryogenics, such as vacuum technique, low temperature thermometry, material engineering, etc.
Presently the group deals with projects of basic and applied research. In both cases the group uses its comprehensive experimental background, in the Czech Republic entirely unique, for verifying and testing scientific and technical theories and knowledge. The own helium liquefier is a very important and supportive component.

The Cryogenics and Superconductivity group offers its experience in the following fields:

  • Low temperature thermometry
  • Design and realisation of cryogenic systems
  • Determination of thermal radiative properties of materials
  • Basic research on natural turbulent convection using cryogenic helium
  • Vacuum technique
  • Magnetic fields measurement and superconducting magnets design
  • Consulting and training courses in safety in cryogenics

More detailed information may be found on the profile sheet of the ISI CAS Cryogenics and Superconductivity Group.