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Cosmic acceleration and Dark energy might not exist. The dispute of professor Subir Sarkar about the significance of the supernovae evidence presented by the 2011 Nobel Prize teams continues. One of the hot topics at the workshop Multimessengers@Prague, where we met.

While existing mobile networks use frequencies up to 2.5 GHz, network of the 5th generation (5G) will work in the frequency range from 24 to 72 GHz. It will allow data transfer speed up to 20 gbps (gbps is the abbreviation of gigabits per second). Filters for such high frequencies require among others materials tuning of the permittivity using high electric field and low dielectric losses.

Dr. Karel Jungwirth became the eighth emeritus researcher of the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences. The letter of appointment was taken over by the director of the Institute, Michael Prouza, on December 19. On this occasion we talked with the former director of the Institute of Physics about the pleasures and sorrows of scientific life.

At the end of September 2019 an extraordinary workshop was held in Prague which was focused on the application of high-power lasers to the detection and removal of orbital debris, interstellar flights, diversion of dangerous near-Earth objects, or remote sensing of the Solar System.

Scientists from the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences (FZU) retained their last year’s extraordinary success in winning EXPRO grants awarded by the Czech Science Foundation (GA CR) and they excelled in junior grants success rate.

Photos ranging from microscopic images to outputs of computer simulations: employees of the Institute of Physics surprised the Evaluation Committee by a variety of topics. The first prize was awarded to Barbora Smolková for the image of a ghost in a carcinoma cell with a super-resolution confocal microscopy.

On 12-16 November 2019, all main facilities of the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences (FZU) threw its door open to the public. Visitors could view the laboratory with the strongest laser in the world, observe atoms or test shape memory of alloys.

Miloš Lokajíček‘s life journey was closely linked to the historical changes in the 20th century which influenced both his private and professional endeavours. He dedicated his life to developing physical sciences and disseminating Christian values and faith.

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.

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