IFJ PAN Open Day for students – June 18, 2021

We are happy to invite you to the Open Day for students, which will be held on June 18, 2021 from 11:00 to 14:30 CET. You will have a chance to participate in virtual visits to our laboratories, listen to presentations about research studies in our Institute, talk to our staff, learn about offers of student internships, as well as bachelor and master theses. You will also learn how you can become our doctoral student.

At IFJ PAN we offer interesting and varied topics of fundamental studies in the fields of:

  • particle physics and astrophysics,
  • nuclear physics and strong interactions,
  • condensed matter physics,

enriched by opportunities for interdisciplinary and applied studies in the fields of:

  • medical physics,
  • nanomaterials engineering,
  • thermonuclear fusion,
  • radiochemistry,
  • dosimetry,
  • radiation and environmental biology,
  • physics and environmental protection,
  • econophysics.


11:00 – 11:20 Introduction to the Open Day, prof. Bogdan Fornal – Scientific Director (Join the Zoom meeting)

11:20 – 14:30 Presentations of the IFJ PAN scientific divisions (NO1 – NO6) and Cyclotron Centre Bronowice (CCB)

11:20 – 14:30 Meeting with IFJ PAN employees and Ph.D. students

Note: All meetings will be held on the Zoom platform. Links to the meetings are under the “List of presentations” and “Meetings” sections below.

Presentations of the divisions are given simultaneously under several links. Please, pay attention when choosing your meetings so that they correspond to the topics you are interested in.

List of presentations (in Polish)

Links to meetings on Zoom for each division:

Division of Particle and Astroparticle Physics (NO1)

The LHCb Experiment Department

11:20 Searching for the New Physics phenomena in LHCb and MUonE experiments
prof. dr hab. Mariusz Witek, 20 min

Department of Diffractive Processes

11:45 Diffraction of protons at high energies
dr Rafał Staszewski, 20 min

The ATLAS Experiment Department

12:10 Searching for unknown physical phenomena in the ATLAS experiment
dr Magdalena Sławińska, 15 min

12:30 Investigating properties of quark-gluon plasma in the ATLAS experiment
dr Dominik Derendarz, 15 min

The Belle II Experiment Department

12:50 Flavour window to new physics – the Belle experiment
dr Olga Werbycka, 20 min

Department of Cosmic Ray Research and Neutrino Studies

13:15 Study of cosmic rays and astrophysical neutrinos – Pierre Auger and Baikal-GVD experiments
dr hab. Jarosław Stasielak, 20 min

13:40 Study of neutrino interactions in the T2K experiment in view of the present and future research on neutrino oscillations
dr Marcela Batkiewicz-Kwaśniak, 15 min

Department of Gamma-Ray Astrophysics

14:00 Study of the mysteries of high-energy Universe
dr Alicja Wierzcholska, 15 min


Division of Nuclear Physics and Strong Interactions (NO2)

Lectures will be repeated twice. Start time: 11:20 and 13:00 CET.

11:20, 13:00 Department of Theory of Strong Interactions and Many-Body Systems, 20 min

Graphical analysis of the electromagnetic interaction between leptons and spectators in heavy-ion collisions
dr hab. Katarzyna Mazurek

A theoretical approach to particle pair production in the impact parameter space of colliding nuclei
dr Mariola Kłusek-Gawenda

Exclusive meson production
dr Piotr Lebiedowicz

The synergy between research at the LHC accelerator and neutrino measurements in Antarctica
dr Rafał Maciuła

Tetraquarks – new ”exotic” particles produced in proton-proton collisions
dr hab. Wolfgang Schäfer

11:40, 13:20 Department of the Structure of Atomic Nucleus, 20 min

How does the shape of the surface of an atomic nucleus affect its stability and how do we study this?
dr hab. Piotr Bednarczyk

12:00, 13:40 Department of the Ultrarelativistic Nuclear Physics and Hadron Interactions, 20 min

Where (and how) is the QGP lurking?!
dr Antoni Marcinek

12:20, 14:00 Department of Nuclear Reactions and Hadron Processes, 20 min

A study of the dynamics of nuclear interactions in a few-nucleon system
dr hab. Adam Kozela

What we can learn from beta decay – the BRAND experiment
dr hab. Krzysztof Pysz

A study of baryon resonances in the HADES experiment at GSI
dr hab. Izabela Ciepał

Symmetry energy: from heavy ions to neutron stars
dr hab. Jerzy Łukasik


Division of Condensed Matter Physics (NO3)

11:20 In a condensed form
prof. dr hab. Piotr Zieliński, 10 min

11:30 Nanostructures and thin magnetic layers – a lab tour
dr inż. Michał Krupiński, 20 min

11:50 Molecular magnets and their fascinating properties
dr inż. Piotr Konieczny, 15 min

12:05 Between liquid and crystal, or in search of a liquid crystal phase situation
dr inż. Anna Drzewicz, 15 min

12:20 X-ray diffraction – application in the study of structure and phase transformations
dr Aleksandra Deptuch, 15 min

12:35 Thermogravimetric analysis. Why is it worth weighing more than just words?
dr hab. Piotr M. Zieliński, 10 min

12:45 The ordered beauty of liquid crystals in microscopic observations
dr Natalia Osiecka-Drewniak, 15 min

13:00 How many molecules make up a liquid? Dielectric spectroscopy as a tool to study the properties of soft matter in nanometric spatial confinement
dr inż. Małgorzata Jasiurkowska-Delaporte, 20 min

13:20 How do infrared and neutrons describe vibrational dynamics?
dr inż. Anna Drzewicz and dr hab. Wojciech Zając, 20 min

13:40 Materials studies by computational methods from first principles
dr hab. Przemysław Piekarz, 20 min

14:00 Positron annihilation in materials research
dr hab. Ewa Dryzek and mgr inż. Konrad Skowron, 15 min

14:15 Functional nanomaterials
mgr Bartosz Klębowski and dr inż. Joanna Depciuch, 15 min


Division of Theoretical Physics (NO4)

11:40 Who’s troubled by Bell’s inequalities?
dr hab. Paweł Błasiak, 20 min

12:00 Cryptocurrencies
dr hab. Jarosław Kwapień, 20 min

12:50 Virtual hadron colliders
dr hab. Andrzej Siódmok, 20 min

13:10 Fractals
mgr inż. Tomasz Stanisz, 20 min

13:30 The most extreme liquid in the Universe
dr hab. Radosław Ryblewski, 20 min

13:50 Magic of quantum field theory (in English)
dr hab. Andreas van Hameren, 20 min

14:10 CREDO – the missing element between the Universe’s structure and elementary particles
dr hab. Robert Kamiński, 30 min


Division of Interdisciplinary Research (NO5)

Department of Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Magnetic resonance imaging in biomedical and materials studies
mgr inż. Natalia Łopuszyńska, 45 min

Department of Applied Spectroscopy

The use of X-rays in interdisciplinary research
dr hab. Jakub Szlachetko, 20 min

Department of Biophysical Microstructures

Atomic force microscopy (AFM) and its applications
prof. dr hab. Małgorzata Lekka, 9 min

Microrheology of biological samples
dr Joanna Zemła, 10 min

Fenestration imaging
dr Bartłomiej Zapotoczny, 10 min

Force spectroscopy with single cells – demonstration of the experiment
dr Renata Szydlak, 10 min

Cell migration
mgr Tomasz Zieliński, 7 min

Department of Experimental Physics of Complex Systems

Laboratory of Raman spectroscopy
dr Maciej Roman, 15 min

Laboratory of FT-IR spectroscopy
dr Ewa Pięta, 15 min

Laboratory of AFM-IR nanospectroscopy
dr Natalia Piergies, 15 min


Division of Applications of Physics (NO6)

11:25 Thermonuclear fusion in the laboratory – in search of a clean, unlimited source of energy
dr hab. Jakub Bielecki, 20 min

11:45 Can a proton beam melt a snowman? About various applications of accelerated charged particles
dr Leszek Grzanka, 20 min

12:05 Optically and Thermally Stimulated Luminescence in one, two, and even three dimensions – new techniques and applications in radiation dosimetry
dr inż. Michał Sądel, 20 min

12:25 Where did the plutonium in the penguin’s bones come from?
prof. dr hab. Jerzy Wojciech Mietelski, 20 min

12:45 Radiological hazard hidden in the world’s melting glaciers
dr hab. Edyta Łokas prof. IFJ PAN, 20 min


Cyclotron Centre Bronowice (CCB)

Lectures will be repeated twice. Start time: 11:20 and 13:00 CET.

11:20, 13:00 Fetal exposure in proton radiotherapy for irradiation of pregnant patients
dr inż. Marzena Rydygier, 20 min

11:50, 13:30 Analysis of measurements for a lumbosacral region dose distribution compensator for clinical use in proton radiotherapy 
mgr Michał Świeczewski, 20 min

12:10, 13:50 Detectors, imaging, GPU and AI in medical physics applications of proton radiotherapy
dr inż. Antoni Ruciński, 20 min

12:30 Information block on available internships and thesis topics, 30 min

14:10 Visiting the CCB facility or a movie, depending on the availability of the stand, 20 min


Meetings (also in English)

Do you have questions about formal matters? Do you want to talk to the future supervisor of your thesis? Or maybe you want to ask our Ph.D. students how the work at IFJ PAN looks like from their perspective? Use the links below during the Open Day at IFJ PAN and join the meeting!



Offers for student internships, and bachelor and master theses:

Doctoral school offer

Information for future doctoral students can be found on the Krakow Interdisciplinary Doctoral School (KISD) website.



dr hab. Sebastian Sapeta, NO4
e-mail: sebastian.sapeta@ifj.edu.pl



dr hab. Barbara Błasiak (NO5), dr Kamil Brudecki (NO6), mrg. inż Dominik Czernia (FCB), dr hab. Ewa Juszyńska-Gałązka (NO3), dr Mariola Kłusek-Gawenda (NO2), dr hab. inż. Marcin Kucharczyk (NO1), dr inż. Marzena Rydygier (CCB), dr hab. Sebastian Sapeta (NO4), dr Iwona Sputkowska (NO2), mgr Iwona Świerblewska (DON)

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