Institute of Physics Polish Academy of Sciences

The formal colloquium of the Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences it the main ongoing periodic series of lectures in physics and related science, of interest to members of the Institute. It is held from 1977. Colloquium speakers are primarily domestic and foreign scholars of established reputation, but also less-known physicists with remarkable and current scientific achievements. The colloquium is held once a month from September to June, usually at 3:15 PM on the last Tuesday of the month in the Auditorium of the Institute of Physics. Colloquia are open to the public, and are preceded by a coffee/the reception at the Institute.

For future information about the colloquia, pleace contact Prof. Dr. hab. Tomasz Dietl (, current chairman of the colloquium committee.


We are pleased to announce that on December 11th 2018 (Tuesday) at 15:15 in the Institute of Physics, in the L. Sosnowski's auditorium will be held colloquium of the Institute of Physics PAS, in which:

Prof. Michael Berry

from University of Bristol, UK, will give a lecture entitled:

Nature’s optics and our understanding of light

We cordially invite to attend the colloquium and please to inform other interested persons. Before the colloquium, at 14:45, participants are welcome for coffee, tea and biscuits.

  Colloquium Committee


            Nobel Prize in Physics 2018 has been awarded for groundbreaking inventions in the field of laser physics; one of them being the Chirped Pulse Amplification (CPA). The technique has been invented by Donna Strickland and her back then PhD advisor Gérard Mourou and published in Strickland s first research paper [1]. It has enabled a new generation of tabletop lasers that produce very brief pulses of intense light with instantaneous powers exceeding 1 PW. Such light interacts with matter in dramatically nonlinear ways, which has opened new physical regimes of experimental and theoretical explorations. Specifically, high-order harmonic generation has been discovered, leading recently to the development of attoscience. Another spectacular application of the CPA-based systems is the ability to directly accelerate charged particles by means of laser light. These and other physical examples of strong laser light applications will be mentioned, none of which would have been possible without the invention of the CPA.

[1] D. Strickland and G. Mourou, Opt. Commun. 56, 219 (1985).