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Santiago, Chile – On 19 December 2018, the Cherenkov Telescope Array Observatory (CTAO) and the European Southern Observatory (ESO) signed the final agreements needed for CTA’s southern hemisphere array to be hosted near ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile.

From 2019 the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences will start using a new logo. The new form of the logo has emerged from a two-round designer competition and it follows the path of re-design – it retains the message and the symbolism of the former logo, but it allows the institute to present itself to a wider audience, mainly abroad.

Scientists from the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences (FZU) have managed to win projects in the competition opened by the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic (GA CR). They have achieved tremendous success in all listed categories, including the new EXPRO program to support excellence in basic research. The funding will enable the research of a wide range of topics across physics.

The Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences received a record amount of 1670 visitors during its Open Days, which were held at its 4 sites – at Na Slovance, at Cukrovarnická and in laser centres HiLASE and ELI Beamlines in Dolní Břežany in November 2018.

Researcher’s Night Festival is a unique experience-focused event taking place throughout the evening hours in many places around the Czech Republic and other European countries. It involves presentations at universities, museums, libraries, science centres and institutes of science, including the Institute of Physics. This year’s edition, held on the 5th of October 2018, attracted a record number of 60 000 visitors, out of which 11 000 people paid a visit to the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Science.

Professor Gérard Mourou, one of the idea fathers of the Extreme Light Infrastructure project, won on Tuesday, along with two other scientists, the 2018 Nobel Prize for Physics, „for groundbreaking inventions in the field of laser physics”. Thanks to their inventions, which revolutionised laser physics, advanced precision instruments are opening up unexplored areas of research and a multitude of industrial and medical applications. The other two scientists are the American Arthur Ashkin and the Canadian Donna Strickland

Vědci z Regionálního centra pokročilých technologií a materiálů (RCPTM) Univerzity Palackého v Olomouci, Fyzikálního ústavu AV ČR (FZÚ) a Ústavu organické chemie a biochemie AV ČR (ÚOCHB) v Praze našli nový způsob, jak řídit elektronické a magnetické vlastnosti molekul. Zatímco dosud se k vybuzení změny elektronického stavu molekul používaly vnější zdroje jako světlo, teplota, tlak nebo magnetické pole, čeští výzkumníci přišli s revoluční cestou,

The Institute of Physics was at Researchers’ Festival...

FZU researchers recently introduced a new transformation induced plasticity (TRIP) like deformation mechanism activated in NiTi shape memory alloys at elevated temperatures and stresses. The mechanism involving coupled martensitic transformation, deformation twinning and dislocation slip explains gradual loss of functional behavior of NiTi alloys with increasing temperature and stress, refinement of microstructure and excellent deformability at very high stresses.