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at the University of Warsaw

Newsletter: Fourth Issue, December 2014

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A practical guide on patenting

Strengthening innovation capacity at the Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw is one of the PhoQuS@UW objectives.

With this aim, Jakub Sielewiesiuk, Radosława Bach and Cezary Samojłowicz published a practical guide on patenting in mathematics and natural sciences (in Polish "Patentowanie w naukach matematyczno-przyrodniczych - praktyczny przewodnik" ISBN 978-83-62844-41-8). The publication is based on the Polish industrial law for inventions in technical sciences, and is addressed to students, PhD students, and researchers willing to protect their projects and other inventive solutions by industrial property rights. We are pleased to share this publication in the OpenAccess formula.

(please use the following link to download the book)

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Researchers from PhoQuS@UW in public media

As a part of PhoQuS@UW outreach activities Czesław Radzewicz, Tomasz Stefaniuk and Piotr Wróbel took part in a series of programmes made by Krzysztof Michalski and broadcasted by the First Programme of the Polish Radio and by Polish Television (TVP-Warszawa). Tomasz Stefaniuk and Piotr Wróbel discussed the research activities in photonics and plasmonics at UW. Czesław Radzewicz has given an interview on super-resolving fluorescence microscopy - the microscopic technique for the invention of which the Nobel Prize was awarded in 2014. Piotr Wasylczyk authored a popular paper in Tygodnik Powszechny weekly on the same subject. The recordings of these programmes and the text of the article can be downloaded from the following links.

Recording of the TVP program with Tomasz Stefaniuk and Piotr Wróbel (in Polish)

Recording of the radio program with Tomasz Stefaniuk and Piotr Wróbel (in Polish)

Recording of the radio program with prof. Czesław Radzewicz (in Polish)

Recording of the TVP program with prof. Czesław Radzewicz (in Polish)

The article by Piotr Wasylczyk published in Tygodnik Powszechny on super-resolving fluorescence microscopy (in Polish)

The Open Days for business

The aim of the open days for business organized at the Faculty of Physics is to inform industry representatives about the scientific capabilities of the Faculty, the recent research results and about the technological solutions developed at the Faculty. At the same time we learn what are the expectations of the industry in relation to the research topics of their interest.

On the 29th of May 2014, an open day for the representatives of the business industry was held in one of the buildings of the Faculty of Physics UW (Pasteura 7, Warsaw). Our honourable guest was the company PCO S.A. represented by Jerzy Wiśnioch, and Krzysztof Kapera. From the side of UW presentations were given by Piotr Wróbel (Faculty of Physics UW), Ryszard Buczyński (representing Faculty of Physics UW and ITME), and Robert Dwiliński (Centre of New Technologies - CENT UW). The focus of this meeting was on image amplifiers for night vision equipment.

Another Open Day was organized on the 21st of October 2014 in the newly opened building of the Faculty of Physics (Pasteura 5, Warsaw). This time, we have met the representatives of the company Astri Polska Sp. z o. o. - Aneta Michałkiewicz and Jerzy Krężel.

We warmly invite industry representatives to cooperate with the Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw.


Photonic Nanostructure Facility

In this Issue of the Newsletter we continue to present the research Groups involved in PhoQuS@UW.

Photonic Nanostructure Facility (Pracownia Nanostruktur Fotonicznych), part of the Institute of Experimental Physics of the University of Warsaw, was founded at the beginning of 2010 within the Innovative Economy Programme project "Physics at the foundations of new technologies - modern research infrastructure at the Faculty of Physics of the University of Warsaw" and in the same year Piotr Wasylczyk was appointed its head. Between 2010-2011 more than 0.6 million EUR worth of unique equipment was purchased and installed, including a 3D photo-lithographic setup Photonic Professional (Nanoscribe GmbH). The research projects at PNaF are focused on design, fabrication and characterization of new structures and materials with unique optical properties for optoelectronics, micro-optics and lab-on-chip technologies. In 2013, new funding have been granted to the PNaF research group – a 1.000.000 PLN project „Guiding light the paths less frequented – optics of three-dimensional photonic structures” will continue until spring 2017. Two theoretical and two experimental photonics posts have been announced and filled.

Photo caption: A gradient index antireflective coating fabricated on a single mode telecom fiber end.

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