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Nuclear Physics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences
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Nuclear Physics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences

General description


Nuclear Physics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences conducts research in a broad field of experimental and theoretical nuclear physics. The properties of nuclear matter under the heavy ion collisions at high and intermediate energies, nuclear reactions important for astrophysics or nuclear energetics, beta decays of atomic nuclei including the problem of neutrino masses are especially studied. A large complex of nuclear analytical methods based on charged particles and neutrons beams is used in the interdisciplinary research in collaboration with external specialists in chemistry, ecology, medicine, archaeology etc. The research and development of radiopharmaceuticals, especially short lived positron emitters for the positron emission tomography, is performed at the Institute. The department of radiation dosimetry is oriented to the measurements of environmental and professional expositions, metrology, and biophysical aspects as DNA radiation damages.

Key Research Facilities, Infrastructure and Equipment

  • The institute operates a large research infrastructure called Center of Accelerators and Nuclear Analytical Methods (CANAM), a center for the investigation of tasks in a wide range of scientific disciplines using beams of accelerated ions and generated neutrons.
  • CANAM includes 300 kV-multi purpose accelerator mass spectrometer MILEA. The implemented analytical, characterization, modification and production methods are unique within the Czech Republic and provide opportunities and information that cannot be obtained in other ways and that are indispensable for basic and applied studies in various research fields (such as in physics, materials science, chemistry, biology, biomedicine, energetics, engineering, electronics, environmental science, archaeology, cultural heritage, etc.).
  • The department of radiation dosimetry is further equipped with laboratories for pretreatment and graphitization of carbon samples, IRMS, preparative GC/MS, FTIR, stereomicroscopes.
  • CANAM also includes Microtron MT25, a cyclic electron accelerator that accelerates the electrons up to energy 25 MeV. In the laboratory conditions, it can simulates the effect of relativistic electron avalanches (RREA) generated in the electric field of thunderclouds.
  • The radiation dosimetry department also manages a detached workplace near the observatory on Mount Milešovka, where the complete infrastructure for continuous measurement of cosmic rays and radiation phenomena in the atmosphere is located (SEVAN particle detector, gamma spectrometers, electric field mill, etc.). In cooperation with the Institute of Atmospheric Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, a number of other instruments are also available there for a detailed description of atmospheric conditions (Cloud Profiler, magnetic field loop antennas SLAVIA, rain gauge, etc.).
  • The department is also equipped with drones and cars for measurements in storms. Our group have been using a series of dosimeters developed according to our own design for long time measurements of cosmic radiation on board aircraft.

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Research groups

The following research groups of this Hosting organisation are involved in the first call of MERIT. The candidates can freely formulate their own research topic aligned with activities and research focus of these research groups.

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2 calls
30 fellowships
30 months