Professor Marcin Konczykowski of École polytechnique at the UW Faculty of Physics
20 01 2023
From 18 to 26 November 2022, the Faculty of Physics at the University of Warsaw hosted a visit from professor Marcin Konczykowski of École polytechnique, France, funded by the “Excellence Initiative – Research University” programme.
Professor Marcin Konczykowski is a distinguished specialist in nuclear physics and semiconductors who works at the Irradiated Solids Laboratory (Laboratoire des Solides Irradiés) of École polytechnique in Palaiseau near Paris.
During the visit, professor Konczykowski held an open seminar entitled “Simulation of native defects by electron irradiation”, in which he reviewed particle irradiation techniques. It was attended by more than 50 people. The event resonated with the physics community, which has already expressed a desire to organise a lecture by the professor for a wider audience from across Poland.
The visit was also aimed at strengthening scientific cooperation in the area of topological insulators and developing a plan for collaboration on the study of gallium oxide (Ga2O3). Further visits of the professor to Poland are planned, as well as visits of the Dean of the Faculty of Physics, prof. Dariusz Wasik, PhD, and Agnieszka Wołoś, PhD, of the Solid State Physics Department, to France.
The collaboration between the University of Warsaw and the École polytechnique Irradiated Solids Laboratory is of particular importance, as the latter has the only apparatus in the world that allows the properties of crystalline samples to be modified by irradiation with an electron beam at 20 K, using a proprietary cooling system based on liquefied hydrogen. Thus, the collaboration gives access to unique samples, which become the basis for research projects using the apparatus and human potential of the University of Warsaw. The aim of these activities is to learn about the properties of new materials used in electronics or optoelectronics in the broadest sense of the terms, and to train new staff (completion of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral theses).
Photo: Professor Marcin Konczykowski presenting his seminar.