The Institut of Physics was established in 1991 as a part of the Faculty of Philosophy and Science of the Silesian University in Opava and maintains education and research in various disciplines of both theoretical and experimental physics. It guarantees a number of study programmes leading to bachelor's, master's and doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in Physics and Applied Physics. The educational programmes are closely linked to the Institute's scientific work and students are highly encouraged to participate in diverse research activities carried out by the Institute. The studies of Applied Physics largely emphasize the connection between the physical theory and modern technologies.
The specific fields of study within the bachelor's programmes involve Astrophysics, Monitoring of Environment, Computer Technichs and its Applications, and starting from the academic year 2009/2010 also a new, innovative field of study - Multimedia Techniques. Within the master's degree programmes our Institute offers studies in Theoretical Physics and Secondary School Teacher Training in Physics and Mathematics. Graduates of the master's studies may take the state rigorous examination to obtain the degree of RNDr. (Rerum Naturalium Doctor). Furthermore the Institute provides doctoral (Ph.D.) studies in Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics. Apart from the above standard educational programmes the Institut as well conducts life-long education through the Third-Age University teaching.
The studies at our Institute comprehend diverse possibilities of academic mobilities. The Socrates-Erasmus and several other exchange programs enable the students and academic staff to spend a semester or two at one of our partner institutions in England, Sweden, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Turkey or another foreign country.
The Institute's pedagogical activities are closely associated with the scientific and research work in both theoretical and experimental physics. In the field of theoretical physics the Institute is oriented on a wide range of areas inlcuding the theory of gravitation, theory of elementary particles, the quantum field theory and their applications in astrophysics and cosmology; or the quantum physics of molecules and its applications. The research is particularly focused on collision processes of highly interacting particles, inflation cosmology, behaviour of particles and fields in the vicinity of compact objects (black holes, neutron stars and white dwarfs), and the theory of accretion discs nearly related to the phenomenon of quasars and active galactic nuclei. In the experimental physics the specific areas of interest are the optoelectronics and physics of ionizing radiation. An important part of the above-mentioned research is represented by computer implementation of numerical methods, statistical data processing and realistic physical simulations.
The Institute has been involved in several research projects in the area of relativistic physics and astrophysics, astroparticle physics, and quantum subnuclear physics. The research grants are carried out in cooperation with the institutes of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Charles University in Prague and the Czech Technical University in Prague. The relevant scientific results are published in significant impact journals and often presented at major conferences throughout the world. The Institute closely cooperates with prestigious universities and scientific institutions in Poland, France, Sweden, England, Italy or USA.
The Relativistic Astrophysics Group (RAG) formed by the Institute's academic staff and students holds their annual RAGTime workshop oriented on up-to-date problems of relativistic astrophysics with the emphasis on physics of black holes and neutron stars. The workshop has international attendance and brings the opportunity of valuable meetings and discussions with notable experts of the worldwide astrophysical community.