Marian Smoluchowski Institute of Physics of the Jagiellonian University is among the leading scientific institutions in Poland. It not only offers excellent research environment for the academic staff members, but also plays an important role in educating new generations of scientists, teachers, inventors, managers, and, generally speaking, knowledgeable and open-minded people.
A wide variety of research in both theoretical and experimental physics is carried out at the JU Institute of Physics. The fields of research include the traditional ones, such as: solid state physics (condensed matter physics), surface physics, atomic physics, nuclear physics, elementary particle physics, and astrophysics, the recently developed new areas, such as: laser physics, quantum optics, medical physics, and nanotechnology, and the interdisciplinary fields, such as: biophysics, econophysics, environmental science, and applied computer science. The apparatus is being constantly developed. Thanks to the EU funds, the institute has recently obtained some unique state-of-the art research equipment.
For example, more than 50 million Euro have been invested in the development of high research potential laboratories at the Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Applied Computer Science, and the Faculty of Chemistry within the framework of the ATOMIN project (Atomic Scale Science for Innovative Economy). The whole apparatus is available to students. Another important investment is the Synchrotron Radiation Centre that is being built at the Campus of the 600th anniversary of the JU Revival and is going to be the centre for the interdisciplinary research based on the use of a modern electron accelerator. The information about other projects, both completed and planned, is to be found on the Institute's websites.
The development of the research infrastructure, combined with the rich academic tradition ensures that the JU Institute of Physics will meet the challenges of the 21st century and the expectations that are placed upon it.