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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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Wednesday, 25.02.2015

A state-of-the-art laser facility currently under construction in Prague is on the road to becoming one of Europe’s Centres of Excellence, thanks to a new partnership project with the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). The Czech Institute of Physics’ HiLASE facility and the UK’s STFC Central Laser Facility (CLF) have been awarded around €500,000 in the first phase of funding for a new Teaming initiative under the EU’s Horizon 2020 framework programme.

Saturday, 03.01.2015

Representatives from the Czech parliament and government visited Fermilab on 19 November 2014. The Czech delegation met with the Fermilab management team and learned about the laboratory's program. Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer welcomed Jan Hamáček, speaker of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, and Daniel Herman, minister of Culture of the Czech Republic, and their staff.

Thursday, 30.10.2014

Over the past two decades, the research of ferromagnetic semiconductors, with (Ga,Mn)As as a prime example, has led to a deeper understanding of relativistic spin-dependent phenomena in magnetic systems. It has also led to discoveries of new effects and demonstrations of unprecedented functionalities in experimental micro-electronic and opto-electronic devices. Researchers from the Institute of Physics of the Academy of Sciences in Prague, in collaboration with researchers from the Charles University in Prague and from the UK, have published a comprehensive review of this active field of condensed matter physics

Monday, 22.09.2014

Tomáš Jungwirth from the Institute of Physics ASCR was elected this year a member of the Academy of Europe (Academia Europaea). This prestigious institution was founded in 1988 as an international non-governmental association of European scientists and scholars who are leading experts in their fields. The Academy’s mission is to encourage the highest possible standards in scholarship, research and education, to promote a wider appreciation of the value of European scholarship and research, and to promote a better understanding among the public of the benefits of knowledge and learning, and of scientific and scholarly issues which affect society, its quality of life and its standards of living.

Tuesday, 19.08.2014

Current information technologies are either charge-based or spin-based. Semiconductor microprocessors are prime examples among the large variety of charge-based devices. They utilize the possibility offered by semiconductors to easily electrically manipulate and detect their electronic charge states representing the zeros and ones. Spin-based devices operate on an entirely distinct principle. In some materials, like iron, electron spins spontaneously align their direction which generates magnetism.