The Faculty of Physics and Applied Computer Science boasts a long and interesting history. It dates back to 1919, when the Mining Academy was founded, within which the Department of Physics was established. 1962 brought about the establishment of the Institute of Nuclear Technology, which was renamed in 1967 as the Interfaculty Institute of Physics and Nuclear Technology. In 1991, the AGH UST Senate decided to institute the Faculty of Physics and Nuclear Technology. In 2004, the name was changed to Faculty of Physics and Applied Computer Science to emphasise the expansion of the education and research scope of the unit.
The Scientific Discipline Board for Physical Sciences composed, to a large extent, of our faculty staff is entitled to confer a doctor’s degree, as well as postdoctoral qualifications, and to apply for conferral of the title of professor of natural sciences in the field of physics. As far as academic teachers are concerned, our faculty offers a wide range of postgraduate programmes in the following fields: physics with elements of computer science, mathematics with elements of computer science, chemistry with elements of environmental protection, and computer science at school. They aim to expand the qualifications of our teachers within the framework of their subjects or to prepare them to teach a second one.
The scientific activity of the faculty is carried out at the highest world level, which manifests itself in national and international research projects conducted by the faculty employees, as well as numerous scientific publications in renowned international journals. Scientific research is diverse and both computational-theoretical and experimental-practical in nature, often entering the field of industrial implementations. A considerable amount of research in fundamental and applied nuclear physics, environmental physics, and solid-state physics is conducted in cooperation with foreign universities and research centres, such as CERN in Switzerland, DESY in Germany, or the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Austria. Scientists from the faculty who work in the field of particle physics play an important role in international collaborations (ATLAS, LHCb), conducting experiments using state-of-the-art devices for particle acceleration, such as the Large Hadron Collider. In recent years, the faculty has actively participated in the construction and commissioning of the XAS/PEEM experimental beamline (https://synchrotron.uj.edu.pl/linie-badacyjne/peem-xas) at the Solaris synchrotron in Krakow. Currently, the beamline is available to external users from Poland and abroad who use those resources to successfully carry out their research projects. Additionally, the faculty provides the necessary personnel to assist in whatever manner possible. Moreover, the scientific activity of the faculty is also devoted to bio-pharmaco-medical physics and is concerned with important medical problems, such as radio- and phototherapy for malignant melanoma, as well as the description of biological processes involving free radicals.
The rich technological offer of the faculty includes: examining materials with magnetometric methods, X-ray diffraction, computer-assisted tomography, Mössbauer spectroscopy, and nuclear magnetic resonance techniques. The faculty offers a comprehensive analysis of the accumulation of radioactive isotopes in environmental materials, the engineering design of integrated circuits, and the use of selected optical methods in biomedicine. An important part of the research infrastructure of the faculty is its specialised equipment that facilitates the production and comprehensive characterisation of various types of nanostructures with potential applications in computer data storage technology. The faculty also has the KASLAB research station on the Kasprowy Wierch mountain peak, which measures greenhouse gas concentrations and analyses their isotopic composition for the purpose of modelling the circulation of elements and climate change.
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