The origins of the faculty date back to 1919, when the Mining Academy was founded, within which the Department of Physics was established. It had undergone several organizational transformations, until in 1991, the AGH UST Senate decided to form the Faculty of Physics and Nuclear Technology. In 2004, the name was changed to the Faculty of Physics and Applied Computer Science, according to the changes in the fields of research and educational activity.
The faculty offers several programs of study leading to bachelor’s, master’s, and doctor’s degrees. The first-cycle degree and the second-cycle degree education programs are offered in the following specializations: “Medical Physics”, “Technical Physics”, “Applied Computer Science” as well as “Micro- and Nanotechnologies in Biophysics” and “Materials Nanoengineering”. In addition, Faculty cooperates with other AGH UST Faculties in the realization of first-cycle studies in Computer Science. Finally, the faculty offers the research topics for the AGH UST Doctoral School in the natural sciences within the physics discipline.
The AGH UST Physics Discipline Board composed in the majority of Faculty personnel is entitled to confer the degree of doctor as well as the post-doctoral qualification and to apply for conferring the title of professor in natural sciences within physics discipline. As a result of categorization conducted in 2013 the Faculty obtained scientific category A+, sustained in the categorization of all scientific units conducted in 2017. The faculty staff hold posts in the Polish Government, in major Polish scientific organizations, and in various international science and research centers. For teachers, the Faculty offers postgraduate pedagogical and vocational studies in the following fields: physics with elements of computer science, mathematics with elements of computer science, chemistry with elements of environmental science, computer science at school. They are aimed at broadening the teaching qualifications of an already taught subject or preparation for teaching a second one.
The Faculty's scientific activity is carried out at the highest world level, which is confirmed by national and international research projects carried out by the Faculty's employees and numerous scientific publications in renowned international journals. Scientific research is diverse and has both a computational-theoretical as well as an experimental-practical character, often entering the area of industrial implementations. Many of the topics in basic and applied research in nuclear physics, environmental physics and solid state physics are conducted in cooperation with foreign universities and research centers, such as CERN in Switzerland, DESY in Germany or the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Austria. Scientists from the Faculty working in the field of elementary particle physics play an important role in international collaborations (ATLAS, LHCb) conducting experiments using the most modern devices for particle acceleration, such as LHC. In recent years, the Faculty has actively participated in the construction and commissioning of the XAS/PEEM research beam (https://synchrotron.uj.edu.pl/linie-badacyjne/peem-xas) at the Solaris synchrotron in Krakow. At present, the line is available to external users from Poland and abroad who successfully carry out their research projects using the line and synchrotron resources, and Faculty partially provides qualified personnel necessary for their conduction. Moreover, the scientific activity of the Faculty is also devoted to bio-pharmaco-medical physics and concerns important physico-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, material studies by magnetometric methods, X-ray diffraction and computer tomography, Mössbauer spectroscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance techniques. The faculty offers comprehensive analysis of the content of radioactive isotopes in environmental materials, the design of integrated circuits and the use of selected optical methods in biomedicine. An important part of the research infrastructure of the Faculty is specialized equipment enabling the production and comprehensive characterization of various types of nanostructures with potential applications in information storage technology. The Faculty also has the KASLAB research station on Kasprowy Wierch, which measures greenhouse gas concentrations and analyzes their isotopic composition for the purpose of modeling the circulation of elements and climate change.
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