The Largest Particle Conference ICHEP Attracted Great Attention

The largest ICHEP2020 particle physics conference, which took place between July 28 and 6 August 2020, attracted over 3,000 particle physicists. Originally, the organizers expected that about a thousand of them would arrive in Prague, but due to the pandemic, the plans had to change and the conference moved to the online environment.

In total, over 800 parallel lectures took place in the first part of the conference, which ran every day in 12-17 sections. About 100 to 200 scientists followed each section. In addition, another 44 plenary lectures and 150 poster presentations were added. Links to video recordings of the lectures are available even after the conference on the website ichep2020.org.

Particle physics is one of the most important research directions at CTU. Our involvement in research at CERN, the Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) and neutrino experiments is key. We also develop detector technologies for experiments, “says doc. Jaroslav Bielčík, who was a member of the conference organizing committee. He participated in it as the head of the research program PARTPHYS, which is part of the project of the Center of Advanced Applied Sciences (CAAS) co-financed by the European Union. This project also co-financed the conference.

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CTU Rector’s Award for doc. Libor Šnobl from the THEORY research program

doc. Libor Šnobl

doc. Libor Šnobl

The Rector’s of the Czech Technical University in Prague (CTU) Award for outstanding scientific achievement was given to doc. Ing. Libor Šnobl, Ph.D., from the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering, CTU in Prague (FNSPE) together with Antonelle Marchesiello, Ph.D., from the Faculty of Information Technology, CTU in Prague (FIT). They collected the award for the work Superintegrable systems in magnetic fields in three spatial dimensions on 21 January 2020 in the Bethlehem Chapel at a ceremonial meeting of the Scientific Council of CTU.

Joint work of doc. Libor Šnobl and Antonelle Marchesiell improves the understanding of superintegrable systems, especially when comparing magnetic field and scalar potential systems as well as possible physical applications, e.g. in plasma physics. Superintegrable systems, i.e. integrable systems that have additional motion integrals, constitute an important class of mechanical systems. The focus of the research is the investigation of superintegrability in magnetic fields in three spatial dimensions. Its results are relevant, for example, in the research of magnetic vessels needed to maintain plasma during thermonuclear fusion.

“The work is the result of intensive international cooperation. The main partner is the Center de recherches mathématiques, Université de Montréal, whose laboratory of mathematical physics is doc. Libor Šnobl external associate member since 2018 and which is the primary location of prof. Pavel Winternitz,”states the petitioner prof. Igor Jex.

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Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering provides a good start to a career

Scientists, top managers, programmers, high-ranking civil servants, but also specialists in hospitals and various other workplaces – those are the jobs of graduates from the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague (FNSPE). The Faculty emphasizes its scientific focus and engages master’s degree students in research, but there is also a demand for its students from outside companies and organizations. Even visitors to the Open Day at the Faculty can find out more about it on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 from 9.00 am.

“The Faculty has been cooperating with several dozens of different institutions and companies from various fields and countries for a long time, and scientific activities are also carried out in part for external partners. It is not only a question of understanding their field, but students also learn teamwork and communication, and these skills and knowledge are highly valued at university and elsewhere,” explains prof. Igor Jex, Dean of FNSPE.

Students often work on projects abroad – for example in CERN, Switzerland; ITER in France; BNL in the USA; and others. The Faculty boasts a high proportion of doctoral students from the total number of students – over 25 percent. “We do not deny that studying at our Faculty is demanding, but thanks to the involvement of students in research they can relatively simply take the next step and obtain a doctorate in addition to a master’s degree. Moreover, one of the largest projects funded from EU funds, which CTU in Prague has obtained, the project of the Center for Advanced Applied Sciences (CAAS), incorporates the involvement of students,” adds prof. Igor Jex, who is also the director of the CAAS project. Out of the total number of more than 1,200 students, more than 300 study Ph.D at the FNSPE in the 2019/20 academic year.

Quantum computers rears its head; the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering knows why

At the end of October 2019, Google (through an article in Nature) announced that it had reached the so-called quantum superiority, the moment when a quantum computer works much faster than a supercomputer of classical architecture.

Virtually all the media brought the Google success story as well as the reaction of probably the biggest competitor in quantum computing – IBM. Czech Television invited prof. Igor Jex, Dean of the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague (FNSPE) and one of the leading Czech experts in quantum technology, among others a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of the QuantERA European Research Project to the Studio CT24 (reportage at 0:17:39).

However, quantum computer technology is still in its infancy and its practical use is still remote. At the FNSPE, quantum technology is an important part of research and study. It is also a part of the CAAS project, where quantum optics and quantum information make one of the sub-programs of the Mathematics, Mathematical Physics and Theoretical Research program (THEORY).

Particles connect physicists, artists, and technicians

Particle physics, technicians, and artists have been interconnected within one of the sub-programs of the PARTPHYS research program, which focuses on particle and nuclear physics as part of the Center of Advanced Applied Sciences project (CAAS).

The subprogram called Language for communication between science, art and the public makes a connection between particle physicists, artists, and technicians and enables them to cooperate within the Institute of Intermedia (IIM) at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague (FEE).

Particle physics deals with the smallest building blocks that science has so far been able to identify, the particles that make up the atoms and their nuclei. Experts from the Department of Physics of the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering (FNSPE) therefore prepared several lectures on particle physics for students and teachers of industrial design working in IIM in several workshops. In addition, they presented various works of art inspired by science.