| Project of the Month - June 2013

IPERA – Integrating the Institute for Physical Research of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia into ERA

The Institute for Physical Research of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia (IPR) is one of the leading research centres of Armenia. The primary aim of the project is to integrate the Institute into the European Research Area (ERA), by developing cooperation capacities with European research and innovation organizations in Quantum information, Atomic and Matter Wave Physics, and Scintillating Materials, which are relevant to the FP7 work programmes ICT and NMP.
The IPERA project builds upon IPR's (Armenia) existing strengths as a high-quality research institution via capacity building activities with the following excellent European research and innovation organisations: i) Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS, France), represented in the project by 2 laboratories: Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire Carnot de Bourgogne (ICB) and Laboratoire de Physico-Chimie des Matériaux Luminescents (LPCML), and ii) Intelligentsia Consultants (Luxembourg).

Project overview

  • Project acronym: IPERA
  • Project full title: Integrating the Institute for Physical Research of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia (IPR-NAS) into ERA
  • Project number: 295025
  • Type of funding scheme: International Cooperation Support Action (SA) under FP7 programme
  • Target groups: National physical research stakeholders, National and EU physical research organisations and companies
  • Start: 01/12/2011
  • Duration: 36 months
  • Website: http://www.ip-era.eu

map displaying IPERA partner countries; source: IPERA project
Overview of the partners involved in IPERA

Research priorities

These research priorities include the following:

  • Quantum information:
    • Optical control of quantum information processes
    • Coherence, state-selectivity and propagation of light in medium interacting with strong laser fields
  • Atomic and Matter Wave Physics: 
    • Optical and magneto-optical processes in nanometric atomic cells
    • Coherent control of ultra-cold atom-molecular Bose-Einstein condensates
  • Scintillating Materials
    • Materials preparation
    • Physical characterization

crystal growth equipment; source: IPERA project
Crystal Growth Equipment

Results so far

During 2012, there were three jointly supervised PhD students (one defended his thesis) and several joint publications written by the participants of IPERA. The research publication entitled ‘Hyperfine Paschen–Back regime realized in Rb nanocell’ was published in the prestigious Spotligh on Optics database. The publication is available here. 

nanometric thickness of atomic vapour cell; source: IPERA project
Nanometric Thickness Atomic Vapour Cell

The twinning activities of the project produce the expected results and the collaboration if flourishing between the partners.

The team has organised and participated several conferences and events, such as the Laser Physics Conference, which is annually organised at the Institute for Physical Science of the National Sciences of Armenia. Learn read more about our events and news.

Thanks to the support of IPERA, the IPR participated in four proposals under FP7 calls, three of which were successful.

impression from a project meeting; source: IPERA project
IPERA Working Meeting at Intelligentsia


Prof. Aram Papoyan
Director at IPR


Mr. Giles Brandon
Intelligentsia Consultants






  • IPERA project overview

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     (URL: https://increast.eu/_media/IPERA_increast_Eng_final.pdf)