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Since 1998, physicists from the University of California at Berkeley (UCB) and the Jagiellonian University at Krakow (UJ) have cooperated in joint research projects in the areas of atomic physics and photonics, including student and faculty exchange. The UCB group of Dmitry Budker, and the UJ group of Wojciech Gawlik have so far received several international grants for their research collaboration:

  1. NSF Global Scientists project for joint research (2007-2010),
  2. NATO grant Science 4 Peace, application for the 2010-2014 in the final qualification round,
  3. NRC US-Poland Twinning grant (2002-2004),
  4. NATO grant for cooperation between Berkeley - Riga, Latvia - Krakow, Poland (2003-2005), PST.CLG980362, "Study and application of high-order atomic and molecular polarization moments",
  5. NSF grant for joint research in Krakow and Berkeley (2004-2006) 2003-06 INT-0338426, "New Frontiers in Nonlinear Magneto-Optics".

The cooperation has already resulted in a number of scientific papers and productive sharing of expertise and know-how through scientist and doctoral student exchange in both directions.

In particular, the PhD Thesis of Dr. Szymon Pustelny has been based on the Joint Lab activity and research conducted partly in Krakow and partly in Berkeley. The thesis co-supervised by Professors Budker (UCB) and Gawlik (UJ) has been defended in Krakow in 2007 (see the Photo Gallery).

In addition to the above mentioned programs, the Lab partners additionally cooperate with other groups, i.e., from University of Latvia (Riga, Latvia), Ben-Gurion University (Be'er Sheva, Israel), and Ioffe Physical Technical Institute (St. Petersburg, Russia). All these groups launched an application for a new project within the Science for Peace Scheme (advanced to the final evaluation stage).

The complementary expertise and research specialisation of scientists from UCB and UJ ensure that students from both institutions will have access to the ever expanding horizons of atomic physics and photonics research. For example, collaborative efforts between the groups has already yielded a new way to selectively create, control, and study long-lived, high-order coherences in atomic states. Projects currently realized within the Lab cover such fields of modern physics as:

  • ultra-sensitive magnetometry for low and geophysical fields,
  • search for new effects in fundamental physics:
    • invariance of physics with respect to time-reversal symmetry,
    • ,,global magnetometer'', system of synchronized magnetometers for search of new spin-affecting interaction and novel test of general relativity
  • search for novel materials for magnetic field sensors and photonic applications (NV-colour centers in diamonds, gas-filled microstructured fibers),
  • application of ultra-cold matter to precision magneto-optics.

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