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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, 12.05.2015

During the Neuron Science Future gala which took place at the Archa theatre in Prague on the 6th May 2015, the Neuron foundation for science support announced five laureates of the Neuron Award 2015 for young scientists. The award is annually presented to researches under 40 for their outstanding scientific results. Along with their awards, the recipients received cheques for a total of 1,250,000 Czech crowns in total in recognition of their present work.

Wednesday, 04.03.2015

The solid, liquid and gaseous state of matter are a common knowledge. However, the number of different states in which materials may exist is in principle unlimited. One of the prime goal of condensed matter physics is to understand the properties of these states and to predict the transitions between them. Jan Kuneš from the Department of condensed matter theory of the Institute of Physics CAS was awarded a prestigious ERC Consolidator Grant to study exotic states of new magnetic materials.

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