A measurement criterion used by a university to determine how a particular workshop or laboratory is advanced is the publisher of the results of research works. The results of research projects conducted in the AGH UST laboratories are published in the best international scientific journals. Alongside research laboratories, AGH UST also has a number of commercial technological and scientific laboratories. The university also has over 700 laboratories which are exclusively used for educational purposes.
On the path to a scientific success, modern equipment is an indispensable tool which provides major support for conducted research. Examples here can be the most powerful in this part of Europe microscopes for testing the structures of metals, or the so-called “rigid testing machine”, which allows to conduct precise examination of the processes of rock cracking and crushing (critical for safe mining), electron microscopes, equipment for complex testing of solid bodies, especially their surface, mass spectrometers, numerous devices and machines for carrying out environmental tests, etc. An analytical transmission electron microscope (S)TEM FEI Titan Cubed G-2 60-300 – one of the most powerful microscopes of this type in the world, and a confocal X-ray fluorescence microscope are unique devices in the world scale. The equipment in the complex of the so-called “clean room” enables the development of nanostructures, for which even the tiniest pollutants are a critical technological parameter. An electron microprobe Jeol SuperProbe makes it possible to determine the content of elements from boron to uranium in all kinds of solid matter. AGH UST also has an Experimental Mine – a unique research and educational laboratory, and an anechoic chamber – one of the quietest places in Poland. What is more, a dilution refrigerator, which can reach temperatures in the order of several thousandths kelvin above absolute zero, is one of the coldest places in Europe.
AGH UST also hosts the Academic Computer Centre CYFRONET, which is a leading institution in the field of operating and developing the city computer network (Metropolitan Area Network – MAN), as well as in the area of using computers of high computing power. The Centre serves science, especially in the field of computer networks, computing power, and other information technology services. Cyfronet supports scientists and researchers by means of making available the computing power of supercomputers – among them there is Prometheus – the fastest supercomputer in the history of Poland, one of the largest installations of this type in the world and, at the same time, the first such a system in Europe, based on the latest technology of direct cooling by water. In the era of information society, it is worth noting that Cyfronet plays a role of an important network node in southern Poland, and is also the initiator and leader of the consortium PL-Grid, thanks to which a group of projects aiming at computer-based support for the scientific environment has been established – the Programme of Polish Infrastructure for Computer-Aided Support for Science in the European Research Space – PL-Grid and, at the same time, the centre of competence in the area of dispersed infrastructures of the ‘grid’ and ‘cloud’ type.
Scientific research at the university is supported by the AGH UST Main Library – the largest technical library in Krakow and one of the largest libraries in Poland – its collection of books is over 850 thousand items. The Library provides access to complete texts of Polish and international e-books, as well as several thousand titles of electronic journals, while the electronic library also makes available a number of selected academic publications and textbooks in the on-line version. Moreover, the Library runs a Standardisation Information Point, which offers full access to over 100 thousand Polish and international technical standards. Within its structure, the Library also hosts a Regional Patent Information Centre PATLIB, which provides access to all Polish patent descriptions, as well as free-of-charge access to patent information.
A complete list of equipment can be found in the Web Catalogue of Scientific Research Equipment and Laboratories. It contains basic information regarding the equipment used by particular units of the university.
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