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On the 5th of November 2019, Lukáš Ondič received the Lumina Quaeruntur Premium awarded by the Academy of Sciences. As a result, he will be able to set up a research team at the Institute of Physics to concentrate on the study of new diamond nanophotonic platforms suitable for quantum photonics and sensorics. We asked him about his future plans.

The mineral wealth of the Jáchymov deposit has been well-known for almost five centuries due to the German scholar Georgius Agricola. In spite of this, Jakub Plášil and his research team succeeded in discovering and describing more than a dozen of as-yet unknown, mostly uranium-based minerals in the recent years. Their findings are now available in the collective publication titled “Jáchymov – A Mineralogical Jewel of the Ore Mountains” co-authored by Jakub Plášil, Pavel Škácha, and Vladimír Horák.

Do not miss a unique opportunity to explore what is happening behind the doors of the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences (FZU) in Ládví, Střešovice and Dolní Břežany. From November 12 to November 16, come to see the most powerful laser in the world, observe atoms with us or visit laboratories where scientists test the shape memory of alloys. All this during Doors Open Days of the Institute of Physics.

A new diamond-titanium nanocomposite may help decompose dangerous chemical warfare agents such as Soman in much more effective manner. It was developed in cooperation of scientists from the Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Technical University, Military Resarch Institute and Uppsala University.

The first month of autumn at the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences will be marked with a sequence of events intended for general public. Apart from the annual events such as the Science Festival or Researchers‘ Night, the Institute of Physics will participate in a neighbourhood fest entitled Different City Experience. All events will be free of charge, for information about the programme and how to sign up please continue reading.

On 14 August 2019 the foundation stone of a new building of a top-class centre in the area of solid state physics has been laid in the presence of significant personalities of Czech science and politics. The new centre will facilitate new knowledge acquisition which will contribute not only to understanding the essence of processes in modern materials and nanostructures, but it will also be applicable to the development of new materials, components and applications. The impact of the project can be expected in various areas of technology, power engineering and medicine.

Recently scientists all over the world have been examining components of ever smaller, virtually molecular dimensions. An international team from the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences and the Tokyo Institute of Technology has developed a new method which will contribute to the miniaturization of electric circuits in electronics. They have published their discovery in the prestigious scientific journal Chemical Science.

The world‘s leading physicists took part in a discussion at a conference organized by the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences entitled Frontiers of Quantum and Mesoscopic Thermodynamics between July 15 and July 20. The participants also included five Nobel Prize winners: Theodor Hänsch, Gerard't Hooft, Wolfgang Ketterle, William Phillips and Rainer Weiss. Three of them gave, apart from their expert talks, popular lectures that were open to the public.

Four outstanding persons in science have been awarded (link is external) Honorary Medals of the Czech Academy of Sciences. Vladimír Nekvasil from the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences has received a “De scientia et humanitate optime meritis” Medal, a significant award for merit in science and dissemination of humanist ideas. Nekvasil significantly contributed to knowledge in the area of solid states physics and supported conceptual and organized development of science in the Czech Republic after the Velvet Revolution.

On July 1st 2019, 36 research institutions from nine countries officially signed the agreement for the creation of a new international R&D collaboration for a future wide field-of-view gamma ray observatory in the southern hemisphere. The founding countries of the newly created Southern Wide field-of-view Gamma-ray Observatory (SWGO) are Argentina, Brazil, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Portugal, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, creating a world-wide community around the project. SWGO unifies different communities that were already involved in R&D in this field. The signature of the agreement comes after a successful meeting of the scientists from the different countries, held in Lisbon in May.