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Fyzikální Ústav AV ČR, v. v. i. (FZU; in English: Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences) is a public research institute, oriented on the fundamental and applied research in physics. The founder of the institute is The Czech Academy of Sciences.

The present research programme of the Institute comprises five branches of physics: particle physics, the physics of condensed matter, solid state physics, optics and plasma physics. It also corresponds to the way how the institute is divided into major research divisions.

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Monday, 03.10.2016, Ivan Pelant

Since 2003 President of the Czech Science Foundation (GAČR) awards the “President Prize” as an appreciation of extraordinary results achieved within projects funded by GAČR and focused on the fundamental scientific research. The Prize, connected with a financial premium, is awarded every year, in particular for outstanding achievements acquired in working on projects successfully completed in the preceding calendar year. Four researchers may be awarded every year.

Monday, 03.10.2016, F. Kadlec, C. Kadlec

A group of researchers from the Institute of Physics, together with an international team, studied the dynamics of water molecules in beryl crystals. As reported in their recent article in Nature Communications, they succeeded in proving for the first time that, at low temperatures, these localized water molecules tend to align, exhibiting so-called incipient ferroelectricity.

Tuesday, 30.08.2016, Michal Dušek

The 9th Max Perutz prize has been awarded to Václav Petříček from the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences during the opening ceremony of the 30th European Crystallographic Meeting on August 28th, 2016 in Basel (Switzerland). Václav Petříček is recognized for his contribution to practical application of the theory of aperiodic structures in his computing system JANA. The Max Perutz prize is awarded every first and second year, followed by the triennial Ewald prize of the International Union of Crystallography.

Thursday, 04.08.2016, Pavel Sedmák, Petr Šittner

A team of researchers from the Institute of Physics and Institute of Thermomechanics of the Czech Academy of Sciences (CAS) recently published a study in the Science journal, which for the first time explained the mesomechanics of localized deformation in tensioned wire. Unlike other materials which deform homogenously, when NiTi wire is being stretched inelastic deformation proceeds via propagation of macroscopic transformation fronts separating transformed and untransformed regions.

Friday, 27.05.2016

Scientists from the Institute of Physics together with colleagues from Utrecht University developed a new method to image the electrostatic field of molecules at the atomic level. The work, which was published in the prestigious journal Nature Communications [1], advances our current possibilities to image individual molecules on a solid surface using atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM).

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