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Nuclear physics

Many questions of contemporary nuclear physics are still open: exotic nuclei far from stability, nuclei with high angular momenta, largely-deformed nuclei, dynamics of nucleus-nucleus collisions, atomic effects in very strong electromagnetic fields occuring in collisions of heavy ions, new forms of the matter (such as quark-gluon plasma) -- just to name a few... ----

Physics of elementary particles

Elementary particle physics deals with the fundamental questions on the structure and functioning of our world: What are the basic building blocks of matter? What kind of forces act between them? Experimental groups at our Institute actively collaborate with big research centers, mainly CERN (Geneva, Switzerland). ----

Neutrino physics

Neutrinos are among the most mysterious elementary particles. Those exceptionally light and penetrating particles that are changing their properties during propagation (the neutrino oscillation phenomenon) are studied by physicists all over the world. Published in 2011 report that they can travel at a speed greater than light velocity has moved many persons even outside the physicists community (so far the report has not been confirmed). ----

Plasma physics and technology

Plasma is called "the fourth state of the matter". For years it has been fascinating physicists with its amazing properties. New unexpected applications are still being dicovered. NCBJ specializes in diagnostics of plasma confined within magnetic traps, studies of plasma dynamics observed in high voltage discharges, as well as in the construction of high voltage devices and magnetic systems needed for such studies. ----

Physics of the cosmic radiation

Activities of the P-VII Department are focused on theoretical and experimental studies of cosmic radiation. Cascades of particles produced within the Earth atmosphere by cosmic rays of energies exceeding those obtained in accelerators are registered by wide-area networks of detectors. The main goal of these studies is to find astrophysical sources of such rays and to determine physical processes responsible for accelerating particles to such high energies.   ----

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