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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, 27.05.2020

he patented solution of scientists from the FZU and Czech Technical University prolongs the lifetime of nuclear fuel rods under nuclear reactor accident and working conditions by coating the surface of fuel rods by a thin polycrystalline diamond layer. The experts were inspired to research in this area by the accident in Fukushima. The Czech patent was granted by the European Patent Authority last week and now it is looking for its transfer to commercial practice.

Friday, 22.05.2020

At first sight, studies in magnetism and crystallography don't have much in common. But for certain types of magnetic substances, primarily those under low temperatures, we can observe periodic distribution of magnetic moments. In neutron diffraction record, this distribution will manifest itself in additional peaks from whose locations and intensities we can backtrack the orientation of magnetic moments. This is where both disciplines intersect.

Tuesday, 19.05.2020

Today is an important milestone in the laser history. On the 16th of May 1960, the American physicist and engineer Theodore Maiman designed and launched the first functional laser system in the world and this year we celebrate its 60th anniversary. Three years later in 1963, Czechoslovakia became the another country that built it‘s own functional laser.

Thursday, 07.05.2020

A photo taken by an electron microscope sent to a competition for the cover page of a prestigious journal Materials Today published by Elsevier brought success to our Ph.D. student Karel Tesař. In the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences and at the Department of Materials of the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague he develops implants which dissolve in the body. His winning photograph captures the growth of corrosion products on a hydrogen bubble in a simulated body fluid solution..

Tuesday, 28.04.2020

Ludvík Smrčka

The recently deceased Ing. Ludvík Smrčka DrCs, an excellent researcher and a friend, as remembered by his co-workers Pavel Středa, Petr Vašek, Pavel Svoboda and Jan Kočka. Ludvík Smrčka left an indelible mark on their professional and private lives.