Jagiellonian University has an ongoing tradition of research in natural sciences. It is the second oldest (after the Charles University of Prague) educational and research institution in Central and Eastern Europe. The Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Applied Computer Science consists of the Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Observatory, Marian Smoluchowski Institute of Physics, and Cluster of Departments of Applied Computer Science.
The faculty trains students in physics, biophysics, astronomy and applied computer science on BSc and Master level. It also offers PhD studies in these areas. In collaboration with other faculties in Natural Sciences of Jagiellonian University, it runs interdisciplinary Mathematics and Natural Sciences studies (SMP) and, in collaboration with the Faculty of Chemistry, studies on Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology. There are currently three programs of international PhD studies: Applied Nuclear Physics and Innovative Technologies, Physics of Complex Systems, and Geometry and Topology in Physical Models.
The faculty plays an important and active role in international and local developments in research, education and in application-related projects. The research run in the departments of experimental and theoretical physics covers many fields in nanotechnology and nanoscience, knowledge-based multifunctional materials and new production processes and devices, solid state physics, surface physics, phase transition physics, atomic and molecular physics and molecular dynamics in condensed phases of matter. Other domains of physics represented and extensively developed are investigation of biological systems, nuclear physics of low and high energies, and the structure of hadrons. The departments of theoretical physics perform research on high-energy physics, statistical physics, field theory, theory of relativity, astrophysics and string theory. The Astronomical Observatory carries out solar studies and investigations of space: physics of galaxies, physics of radio sources, extragalactic astronomy, variable stars, observations of comets, relativistic astrophysics and cosmology. The Department of Applied Computer Science carries out extensive applied computer science investigations contributing to the information society technologies. The areas covered in the research include brain-computer interfaces...read more>>