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About the Department

Atomic Optics Department (AOD) has been established in 1962, at the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry at Jagiellonian University by prof. dr hab. Danuta Kunisz. The Department is now a part of the Institute of Theretical Physics at the Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Applied Computer Science. Its head is prof dr hab. Jakub Zakrzewski.


The Atomic Optics Department carries out theoretical research on a broad spectrum of modern quantum mechanical problems, starting from mathematical foundations of quantum information, through quantum chaos, quantum optics, interaction of ultrashort laser pulses with matter, physics of ultracold atoms, modelling of condensed matter problems with ultracold atoms, quantum simulations, time crystals or even ab-initio calculation of atomic structure.

AOD History - Department heads

Department heads

2009 - prof. dr hab. Jakub Zakrzewski
1994 - 2009 prof. dr hab. Tomasz Dohnalik
1991 - 1994 prof. dr hab. Wojciech Gawlik
1979 - 1991 prof. dr hab. Tomasz Dohnalik
1962 - 1979 prof. dr hab. Danuta Kunisz, first woman - professor of Physics in Kraków


AOD History - Location within the University


2020 The Department is within new Institute of Theoretical Physics at Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Computer Science, Jagiellonian University.
2014 Transfer of the AOD, together with Smoluchowski Institute of Physics to the new physical location: building of Campus of the 600th Anniversary of the Jagiellonian University Revival
2003 - 2020 Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Applied Computer Science, Smoluchowski Institute of Physics
1979 - 2003 Faculy of Mathematics and Phyisics, Jagiellonian University (starting from 17 July 2001 the Faculty was renamed to Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science, Jagiellonian University), Institute of Physics (the Institute has been awarded the name of Marian Smoluchowski in 1989)
1964 The Department, together with the Institute of Physics was moved to a building at Reymonta 4
1962 - 1979 Faculy of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry, Institute of Physics, Jagiellonian University