FZU 70 | Quantum Optics, Thin Films, and Biochips – A Historical Journey


Presenters: Ondřej Haderka, Petr Pokorný, Hana Lísalová, and Alexandr Dejneka

Optics represents a dynamic frontier within the realm of physics, serving as a unifying force that brings together researchers from diverse backgrounds and fields. They employ optical methodologies to drive their investigations, delving into regions such as quantum optics, material research, thin film technology, plasma physics, and biophysics as it happens within the interdisciplinary Division of Optics at FZU.

The history of quantum optics research traces its roots back to the 1960s, coinciding with the advent of lasers, and has particularly flourished in the Olomouc quantum optics domain, thanks to the pioneering contributions of Jan Peřina. Then, the research led by Čestmír Barta, dealing with the preparation of well-defined crystalline materials, became the basis for the development of optical materials. The crystal growth experiments were even carried out in the orbit during the flight of the first Czechoslovak cosmonaut in 1978. The construction of a new building of the Division of Optics helped mature the advanced deposition techniques, igniting innovation in thin films and nanostructures. Concurrently, the emergence of biointerfaces and biochips within this Division represents a potent nexus that connects optics, thin film technology, biology, and medicine, offering immense potential for transformative contributions.

As we gaze into the future, the Division envisions itself firmly rooted in its interdisciplinarity, driven by a commitment to enriching the Czech industry, supporting entrepreneurs, and improving the quality of people’s lives through the practical application of our collective knowledge.




The lecture is a part of the cycle celebrating the 70 years of FZU and it is intended especially for FZU employees and the professional community. The lecture will be followed by excursions to the laboratories from 13:00.

Please book your place for the lecture or excursion well in advance in the reservation system.