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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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Tuesday, 01.12.2015, Milos Lokajicek

The Czech Minister of Education, Youth and Sports Ms. Katerina Valachova has visited Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), U.S.A. on November 13, 2015. Fermilab general director Nigel Lockyer welcome the visitors and deputy director Joe Lykken introduced the Fermilab scientific programme and appreciated the contribution of 45 Czech scientists in last 18 years of collaboration. Ms. Valachova then discussed working and financing problems connected with work at Fermilab with five Czech physicists currently at Fermilab.

Friday, 13.11.2015, M. Prouza, P. Trávníček

During November 14 - 17, 2015, the Pierre Auger Collaboration celebrated the inauguration of AugerPrime. Spread over an area of 3000 km2 in the 'yellow pampa' in western Argentina, Auger is the largest cosmic ray experiment in the world. AugerPrime allows the Czech researchers to contribute to discerning the mysteries of ultrahigh energy cosmic rays until 2025.

The Pierre Auger Observatory is the world’s leading science project for the exploration of cosmic rays. The Observatory has achieved excellent results helping scientists to better understand particles with energies more than million times larger than the beam energy at the current world largest accelerator.

Friday, 06.11.2015

The prestigious prizes of the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic for the best projects accomplished in applied research in 2015 were awarded at the official ceremony in the New building of the National Museum in Prague on October 22nd, 2015. Among four award-winning projects there were two projects that included teams from the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences (CAS).

Thursday, 15.10.2015, Radka Kozáková

The HiLASE laser center situated in the village of Dolni Brezany was awarded in the 23rd edition of the Building of the Year Awards. The Special award from Milan Štěch, the President of the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, was given by Mr. Zdeněk Škromach, the Vice-president of the Senate. The trophy was taken over in the Bethlehem Chapel by the Director of the Institute of Physics, Mr. Jan Řídký, by the authors of the HiLASE building Mrs Vladimíra Leníčková, Mr. David Leníček, Mr. Robert Leníček and the deputy contractor Mr. Petr Ovčáček.

Monday, 12.10.2015, Jindřich Kolorenč

The electronic properties of solid state materials used in today’s electronic devices are governed by properties of valence electrons. One such property is the spin of the electron, which, in layman’s terms, is the sense of rotation of the spinning motion of the electron. As realized almost ninety years ago by German physicist Friedrich Hund (1896 – 1997), the electrons in a given atom all tend to spin with the same sense of rotation, a rule of thumb which is now called Hund’s rule