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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, 18.01.2016, Tomáš Jungwirth, Vít Novák

International research team demonstrates electrical switching of an antiferromagnet Ferromagnets and antiferromagnets are the two common forms of magnetically ordered materials. Traditionally we thought that magnetism can be easily controlled and utilized only in ferromagnets. Researchers from the Czech Republic, United Kingdom, and Germany change this perception by demonstrating electrical switching of magnetization in an antiferromagnetic microchip.

Monday, 07.12.2015

Vítězslav Jarý, Ph.D., the postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague, was awarded the prize “Česká hlava” (literal translation “Czech Head”). In particular, Vítězslav Jarý obtained the price of ČEZ group for the excellent PhD thesis in technical sciences.

Recently there has been increasing demand for new materials which can be used for detection of invisible ionizing radiation (X-ray, gamma ray), for example in industry (searching for leakage in materials, looking for new natural resources), medicine (CT, PET scanners), security (security checks at the airport gates), physics (LHC particle accelerator in CERN).

Thursday, 03.12.2015, Ivan Pelant, Michael Prouza

After the success of Mgr. Hynek Němec, Ph.D., who received in spring 2015 the “Neuron prize for young scientists” in physics, were announced two further winners, who have a close connections to Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences – prof. Petr Hořava, Ph.D. and Mgr. Anna Fučíková, Ph.D.

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.