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General Information

Address:  Building A8, 18 Hoang Quoc Viet, Cau Giay, Ha Noi

Tel: 04 38363239

Fax: 04 38364696

Chief: Dr. Vo Thanh Son

Vice-chief: Dr. Luu Thi Phuong Lan

Function and Task

The Department of Geomagnetism is a research unit of the Institute of Geophysics, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology. It has the following main tasks:

+  Carrying out the observations and fundamental investigations on 
Geomagnetism and Ionosphere. Management of the national magnetic – ionospheric observatories and repetition station network;
+  Study of the characteristics of distribution and time variations on the territory of  Vietnam in order to serve the demands of economy, science, technology and national defense;
+  Study of  the ionosphere in order to serve the radio propagation;

+ Application of the geophysical methods (magnetic, magneto-telluric sounding , GPS technology …) in the prospect and sounding of the deep geological structure, tectonic, ionosphere and mineral resources;

+ Study of the magnetic environnement, the impacts of the magnetic storms on the technological systems and the human lifes;
+ Paleomagnetic study for tectonic interpretation; study of the  magnetic susceptibility on the  marine sedimentary rocks for determining the stratigraphic boundaries,   chronocorrelations; study of the  paleoclimatic changes periods and sedimentary accumulations;

+ Postgraduate training for Ph. D in the fields of Geomagnetism - Ionosphere.

Human Resource

Until today (01 Oct., 2012), the Department of Geomagnetism includes 11 research staffs, among them are one Ass. Professor, three Doctors,  three MSc, and four BSc, engineers.


The Department of Geomagnetism has the following main facilities:

+National magnetic – ionospheric system consists of 4 observatories: PMO Phu Thuy, Bac Lieu, Chapa, Da Lat;

+ Digital magnetometer FRG-601, Japan, installed at Bac Lieu observatory;

+ Digital magnetometer GEOMAG, France, installed at PMO Phu Thuy and Da Lat observatories, including: Scalar magnetometer SM 100, Vectorial magnetometer VM390, recorder ENOII, Fluxgate magnetometer DI-MAG 9302, Geometric proton magnetometer;

+ Ionosonde SKI-02098A and antenna HR 230-1c, Japan, installed at the Bac Lieu Equatorial Observatory;

+ Ionosonde SKI-02098, Japan, installed at Phu Thuy Observatory;

+ Magneto-telluric equipment, France;

+ Scintrex proton magnetometer GSM 9, Canada;

+ Envi Mag Scintrex magnetometer, Canada;

+ Envi Grad Scintrex magnetometer, Canada;

+ Bartington Fluxgate magnetometer, England;

+ 3 continuous GPS receivers at Hanoi, Hue, Ho Chi Minh city;

+ Magneto-telluric Stratagem EH4 Geometrics equipment, USA;

+ MFK1 Kappabridges,    Czech Republic

Scientific Achievements

+ During 30 years from establishment, the department of Geomagnetism has presided and accomplished 34 projects of State level (including those of national fundamental research), 11 projects of ministry level, hundreds of projects of Institute of Geophysics level, tens of applied geophysics contracts. At present, the department of Geomagnetism presides 02 national fundamental research projects, fundded by the NAFOSTED (National Foundation for science and technology development).

+ During the recent 30 years, the department of Geomagnetism has publicated more than 200 valuable scientific articles in the various prestigious journals in Vietnam or in the world, as well as in the proceedings of the big international workshops, in which there are more than 30 articles in the ISI journals.

Collaborations in Scientific Investigation and Research

+ In Vietnam, the department of Geomagnetism   has a strong and effective attachment to the other departments in the Institute of Geophysics, as well as to the Institute of  Geological Sciences, Institute of Marine Geology and Geophysics,  Vietnam Institute of Geosciences and Mineral Resources, Geophysical Division,  Vietnam Electricity, Petrovietnam, Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environnement,  University of Mining and Geology, Hanoi University of Science, Vietnam National University, Hanoi.

International Cooperations                                                                                             

During the 30 recent years, the department of Geomagnetism has fulfilled about 30 international projects with various institutes, Universities at many countries in the world, as Poland, Russian Federation, French Republic, Japan, United States of America, Germany…

Famous saying

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere - Albert Einstein
Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one's living at it - Albert Einstein
The more I spent time on maths, the more excited I got - Maryam Mirzakhani
In all science error precedes the truth, and it is better it should go first than last - Horace Walpole
Society lives by faith, and develops by science - Henri Frederic Amiel
Art is the beautiful way of doing things. Science is the effective way of doing things. Business is the economic way of doing things - Elbert Hubbard
All abstract sciences are nothing but the study of relations between signs - Denis Diderot
It is wrong to think that the task of physics is to find out how Nature is. Physics concerns what we say about Nature - Niels Bohr
Every science begins as philosophy and ends as art - Will Durant
Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind - Albert Einstein
We should not teach children the sciences; but give them a taste for them - Jean Jacques Rousseau
All abstract sciences are nothing but the study of relations between signs - Denis Diderot
In order to shake a hypothesis, it is sometimes not necessary to do anything more than push it as far as it will go - Denis Diderot
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results - Albert Einstein




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