The Atomic Optics Department (AOD) carries out theoretical research on contemporary quantum mechanical problems, from mathematical foundations of quantum mechanics, through quantu chaos, quantum optics, interaction of ultrashort laser pulses with matter, ultracold atom gas physics, time crystals, to modelling condensed matter with ultracold atoms, quanum simulators or ab-initio computation of atomic structures of dynamics of quantum phase transitions.
Too many to list them all :-)
The department was established in 1962 on Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry at the Jagiellonian University. Starting from 1979 it was part of Faculty of Physics and Chemistry at Jagiellonian University, and starting from 2003 at the Faculty of Physics and Applied Computer Science. During these years it was a member of Institute of Physics, but starting from 2020, when new Institute of Theoretical Phyisics was formed, it became the member of the latter.
From its estalishment in 1962 the Department was lead by prof dr hab. Danuta Kunisz. In years 1979-1991, 1994-2009 the Department was led by prof dr hab. Tomasz Dohnalik, in years 1991-1994 - prof dr hab. Wojciech Gawlik (who was later head of the Department of Photonics). Since 2009 the Department has been led by Jakub Zakrzewski.