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Department of Physics

Technical progress in the past as well as today is largely based on the knowledge and on the methods of natural sciences, physics in particular. Thus it is necessary to provide all engineering students with a solid education not only in mathematics but physics too, which will enable them to understand new technologies and to further develop their own technical fields. This aim is realized through teaching them to active work with existing conceptual equipment and ­ thereat use mathematics as a language.

Teaching activities

The Department of physics at the Faculty of electrical engineering, University of Žilina teaches General Physics to students of all Faculties of the University­and Advanced Physics for some special courses.

The Department is divided into two sections according to their research specialization. The staff consists of 1 professor, 7 associate professors, 10 senior lecturers (of which there are 4 external Ph.D. students), 2 internal Ph.D. students, 5 research fellows, 3 technical support employees, 1 administrative secretary.


The research carried out at the Department is mostly concerned with the utilization of acoustic and optical wave processes for the investigation of condensed matter. The Acoustic Group uses a wide range of ultrasonic techniques as well as acousto-electric and acousto-optic phenomena and techniques to investigate semiconductors, metals, and ferroelectric materials. Also wave phenomena are studied in their own right.

The Optical Group studies physical properties of the conventional telecommunications optic fibers, twin core optic fibers, photonic crystal fibers, biological photonic structures, and semiconductor laser diodes based on quantum wells. Self-diffraction of light in magnetic fluids and photorefractive phenomenon v in selected condensed matter materials are also studied within the group.

Lately the research program of the Department has been extended to the area of theoretical high-energy physics. The focus of the High-Energy Physics Group lies in phenomenology of the Standard model of electroweak interactions and beyond. Particularly, the models of electroweak symmetry breaking are studied.

The research groups of the Department achieved good level of expertise and became well known abroad. The scientific activities of the Department are regularly ­presented at the international conferences and are published in  domestic and international scientific and professional journals.

Other activities

Department members use also their qualifications in research and pedagogical activities outside the Department and University. In particular, they serve as members of various scientific and professional committees and of international organizations. Many activities are directed to advancing the education of teachers and students of elementary and secondary schools, which provide a significant support to talented students of secondary schools.