Research

The science and research undoubtedly represent a key domain  of an entabled academic institution. Our Institute carries out a wide range of scientific and research activities devoted to miscellaneous areas of relativistic physics and astrophysics, subnuclear physics, quantum theory of particle physics, or multiple branches of experimental physics.

Within the field of theoretical physics and astrophysics, the main focus is oriented on the behaviour of particles and fields in the vicinity of relativistic compact objects (black holes, neutron stars amd white dwarfs), inflationary and brane cosmology, collision processes of highly interacting particles, analysis of observational data of X-ray binary systems, and the theory of accretion discs closely related to the phenomenon of quasars and active glactic nuclei.

In the experimental physics the specific areas of interest are the optoelectronics and physics of ionizing radiation. Within the scope of the former area we specialize in interferometry and holography, while the latter comprehends detection and dosimetry, radionuclides migration in the components of environment, and both software and hardware realization of monitoring systems.

Modern computer numerical methods, simulations and visualisations are massively used within the scope of the above issues.

XMM Newton X-ray observatoryBlack hole computer visualization


Modern science is international and collaboration with major scientific institutions plays a crucial role in conducting the world top-level research. Our Institute closely cooperates with world's leading institutes for physics and astrophysics, such as the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste, Massachussetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Centre for the Study of Radiation in Space (CESR) in Toulouse, SUJV Dubna, Universities  of OxfordGothenburgh, Minneapolis, Stony Brook, Pittsburgh, Harvard, Santa Barbara, Montreal, Alberta, the Queen Mary and Westfield Colleges in London, and CERN in Geneva. People at the Institute often attend significant domestic or international conferences  and publish the scientific results in prestigious impact journals. Doctoral and master's students of higher classes are motivated to actively participate in the scientific research within their diploma thesis work.

The Institute has been involved in several both major and smaller research projects. Until recently it has been successfully solving the extensive research grant MSM 4781305903 that conducts research in multiple research topics related to relativistic astrophysics and cosmology. Another project dedicated to astrophysics - The Centre for Theoretical Astrophysics (CTA) - has been realized jointly with the Astronomical Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences and the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of the Charles University in Prague. Furthermore, The Centre of Experimental Nuclear Astrophysics and Nuclear Physics (CENAP), carried out in collaboration with the Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Experimental and Technical Physics of the Czech Technical University in Prague, has been devoted to fundamental areas of experimental nuclear and neutrino physics, dark matter, and the properties of hadrons under extreme conditions.

At present, the Institute's research is being carried out jointly with several other institutes  and supported through the institutional support as well as through the Czech Science Foundation.  In particular, the following projects are being conducted at the Institute:  Current Problems of Gravitation, General Relativity and Relativistic Astrophysics (GAČR 202/09/0772), General Relativity and its Applications in  Astrophysics and Cosmology (GAČR GAČR 205/09/H033), Non-Equatorial Orbits Near Compact Objects (209/10/P190), and  High Frequency Quasi-periodic Oscillations and Compact Object Properties (GAČR 209/12/P740). The are also projects devoted to participation of doctoral and master students in the specific research area carried out in Opava: FPF SGS/1/2010 "Black holes, galactic nuclei, neutron and strange stars..." and FPF SGS/2/2010 "The influence of dark energy...". For more details on the individual research projects click here.