Atomic Optics Department

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27.06-2.07.2022 - 6th Workshop on Algebraic Designs, Hadamard Matrices & Quanta

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05-11.09.2021 - Quantum Optics X

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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 withultracold atoms, quantum simulations, time crystals or even ab-initio calculation of atomic structure.

AOD History

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.

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


28.02.2022 Publication in PRL
Dr Titas Chanda and prof. Jakub Zakrzewski coauthored an article in Physical Review Letters

Titas Chanda, Maciej Lewenstein, Jakub Zakrzewski, and Luca Tagliacozzo
Phase Diagram of 1+1D Abelian-Higgs Model and Its Critical Point,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 128, 090601 (2022).
25.02.2022 Publication in PRL
Dr Adam Burchardt, dr Wojciech Bruzda, prof. Karol Życzkowski coauthored an article in Physical Review Letters

Suhail Ahmad Rather, Adam Burchardt, Wojciech Bruzda, Grzegorz Rajchel-Mieldzioć, Arul Lakshminarayan, and Karol Życzkowski
Thirty-six Entangled Officers of Euler: Quantum Solution to a Classically Impossible Problem,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 128, 080507 (2022).
21.02.2022 Publication in Nature Communications
Prof. Krzysztof Sacha coauthored a publication in Nature Communications link. The article is accompanied by an (audio) interview in Physics World link
Full citation:
Taheri, H., Matsko, A.B., Maleki, L., Sacha, K. All-optical dissipative discrete time crystals. Nat Commun 13, 848 (2022).
23.12.2021 Publication in PRL
Four present and former employees of the Department published together an article in Physical Review Letters

Krzysztof Giergiel, Arkadiusz Kuroś, Arkadiusz Kosior, Krzysztof Sacha
Inseparable time-crystal geometries on the Möbius strip,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 127, 263003 (2021).
30.11.2021 Four musketeers
Four musketeers from Atomic Optics Deparment: B. Damski, K. Sacha, J. Zakrzewski, K. Życzkowski are within TOP 2% scientists in the world according to Elsevier [full article]. This is the stongest representation of a single deparment from entire Faculty.
21.10.2021 Press publication on time-crystals
Prof. Krzysztof Sacha published an article in a daily newspaper "Gazeta Wyborcza", in which he presents short history of time crystals, recent experimental developmnet of time crystals and his current research on time-tronics.

14.09.2021 Publication in PRL
dr Piotr Sierant and prof. Jakub Zakrzewski coauthored a PRL article:
Constraint-Induced Delocalization
Piotr Sierant, Eduardo Gonzalez Lazo, Marcello Dalmonte, Antonello Scardicchio, and Jakub Zakrzewski, Phys. Rev. Lett. 127, 126603 – Published 14 September 2021
22.03.2021 Publication in PRX
Dr Kamil Korzekwa is a co-author of PRX publication, which shows how quantum coherence, a property which allows for interference, allows also for reduction of memory necessary for realization of a given stochastic process, for example thermodynamical system cooling and quantum information processing.
27.01.2021 Highly Cited Papers in the Department
Three publication by Department employees have reached "Highly cited papers in 2020" status. Namely:
18.01.2021 UPC 2020 - silver medal
Team: Szymon Gamrat, Mateusz Stępniak i Konrad Pawlik (opiekun prof. J. Zakrzewski) was awarded a silver medal in The University Physics Competition 2020. Below a link with rankings – out team has numer 417.
24.11.2020 Stanford University: AOD Deparment employees are "influential"
As reported by University Portal, 47 scientists from Jagiellonian University are in top 2% in terms of influence. It is our pleasure to inform that 3 employees from that group are from Atomic Optics Department. They are:
  1. prof. dr hab. Karol Życzkowski
  2. dr hab. Bogdan Damski
  3. prof. dr hab. Jakub Zakrzewski
More details: link
11.09.2020 Book "Time Crystals"
Prof. Krzysztof Sacha published a book on time crystals in Springer: link
17.06.2020 Success in Ministry of Science
Kamil Korzekwa i Mateusz Łącki exceptional young scientists with appropriate stipend - congratulations!
18.05.2020 Grants from National Science Centre
Mateusz Łącki i Jakub Zakrzewski with OPUS 18 grants, new positions for postdocs, PhD and Master students; Karol Życzkowski with Preludium-bis for a PhD student
12.05.2019 Polish Science Fund Start Awards
mgr Piotr Sierant and mgr Krzysztof Giergiel are laureates of Polish Science Fund Start 2020 competition
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07.05.2020 PRL Publication
Thouless time analysis of Anderson and many-body transition
Piotr Sierant, Dominique Delande, and Jakub Zakrzewski, Phys. Rev. Lett. 124, 186601 (2020).
06.05.2020 PRL Publication
Confinement and lack of thermalization after quenches in the bosonic Schwinger model
Titas Chanda, Jakub Zakrzewski, Maciej Lewenstein and Luca Tagliacozzo, Phys. Rev. Lett. 124, 180602 (2020).
11.04.2020 "Geometry of Quantum States" - new edition
A new edition of the book Geometry of Quantum States: An Introduction to Quantum Entanglement by prof. Ingemara Bengtssona i prof. Karola Życzkowskiego has been published.
07.04.2020 Marian Mięsowicz award - PAU
Dr hab. Bogdan Damski i dr hab. Marek Rams are laureates of Mariana Mięsowicz award by Polska Akademia Umiejętności (PAU). They were rewarded for their seminal paper "Quantum fidelity in the thermodynamic limit" published in "Physical Review Letters".
[more info - in Polish]
[PAU portal information with photos]
16.03.2020 PRL Publication
Quantum measurements of time
Lorenzo Maccone and Krzysztof Sacha, Phys. Rev. Lett. 124, 110402 (2020).
05.03.2020 Publication in PRL
Physical Review Letters just published a paper co-authored by mgr J. Czartowski and prof. Karol Życzkowskiego. It shows a scheme of two-qubit quantum measurement which is related to a Platonic sold - a regular dodecahedron embedded inside Bloch ball:
01.10.2019 Publication in PRL
Physical Review Letters just published a paper co-authored by prof. Karol Życzkowski. It describes a discovery of an universal, 'lemon-like shape' in the complex plane, which describes support of spectra of typical Lindblad evolution operators:
26.06.2019 Award: Diamenty 2018
Crystallographic Comittee of Polish Academy of Science has rewarded the work : K. Giergiel, A. Miroszewski, and K. Sacha, "Time crystal platform: from quasi-crystal structures in time to systems with exotic interactions", Phys. Rev. Lett. 120, 140401 (2018), in the competition: "DIAMENTY – wyróżnione polskie prace krystalograficzne 2018" [Translation: DIAMONDS - exceptional Polish crystallographic publications ].
09.05.2019 Polish Science Fund Start Awards
dr Arkadiusz Kosior i dr Andrzej Syrwid are laureates of Polish Science Fund Start 2019 competition
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10.02.2018 60th birthday of Kuba Zakrzewski
To celebrate this imporant day, numerous important guests arrived in Krakow to celebrate by participating in the CHAOTIC PATHS TO COLD ATOM PHYSICS.

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Happy Birthday!
15.05.2018 PLANCKS 2018: third place
International Competition PLANCKS 2018. Team Smoluchowski: Błażej Ruba, Piotr Staroń, Tomasz Szołdra, Paweł Zalecki, lead by prof. Krzysztof Sacha took the 3rd place
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20.01.2018 UPC 2017 - silver medal
Team: Jakub Czartowski, Paweł Matus, Tomasz Szołdra (coach prof. Krzysztof Sacha) was awarded silver medal The University Physics Competition 2017.
[full info]
24.06.2017 Marian Mięsowicz Award - PAU
Prof dr hab. Krzysztof Sacha has been awarded Marian Mięsowicz Award by Polska Akademia Umiejętności (PAU). He was rewarded due to his work "Modelling spontanneous breaking of time-translation symmetry" published in Physical Review A 91, 033617 (2015).
[More information and photos]
20.01.2017 UPC 2016 - silver medal
Team Piotr Staroń, Tomasz Szołdra, Paweł Zalecki; (coach prof. Krzysztof Sacha) was awarded a silver medal at The University Physics Competition 2016.