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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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Thursday, 15.06.2017

June 6th 2017 at Villa Lanna, the director of the Czech Academy of Sciences professor Eva Zažímalová awarded twenty-three young scientists with the Otto Wichterle Prize. Three of them – Ing. Vítězslav Jarý, Ph.D., RNDr. Lukáš Ondič, Ph.D., and Ing. Jakub Vícha, Ph.D. – are employed at the Institute of Physics (IoP) of the CAS.

The Prize, named in honour of Prof. Otto Wichterle, the world renowned Czech chemist who also became the first post 1989 director of the Czech Academy of Sciences, is given to young scientists under the age of 35 for outstanding scientific achievement.

Friday, 12.05.2017

Dr. Lukáš Palatinus of the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences has won the 2017 Neuron Award for Promising Young Scientists in Physics. The award is granted by the Neuron Fund for Support of Science to Czech scientists under the age of 40 in recognition of their excellent research and results, and as an impetus for further work. Dr. Palatinus was honoured for his research in the methodology of structure analysis of aperiodic crystals and for the application of electron diffraction to the structure analysis of nanocrystals.

Wednesday, 10.05.2017

Intergranular embrittlement is one of the most dangerous effects responsible for catastrophic failure of construction metallic materials. The reason is that it proceeds very quickly and its occurrence is hardly predictable. However, it is known that this problem is closely connected to chemical composition of intergranular regions – grain boundaries. Solutes and impurities tend to accumulate – segregate – at grain boundaries at enhanced temperatures in such an extent that they can occupy all available atomic positions there.

Thursday, 04.05.2017

A new insight into the characterization of chemical properties of the elements has been contributed by a method of Czech and Japanese researchers, published in the prestigious journal Nature Communications. State-of-the-art scanning-probe microscopes already enable scientists to resolve individual atoms on surfaces, but thanks to the new method, they can also measure the ability of these atoms to attract electrons, i.e. their electronegativity.

Tuesday, 07.02.2017

The High-Repetition-Rate Advanced Petawatt Laser System (HAPLS), being developed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), recently completed a significant milestone: demonstration of continuous operation of an all diode-pumped, high-energy femtosecond petawatt laser system.

With completion of this milestone, the system is ready for delivery and integration at the European Extreme Light Infrastructure Beamlines facility project (ELI Beamlines) in the Czech Republic.