Nicolaus Copernicus University

Nicolaus Copernicus University (NCU) was founded in 1945 in Torun, Poland and nowadays is the biggest university in northern Poland. The University employs 4100 people including 2030 scholars, 252 of whom hold the professorial title. In the recent press rankings, NCU has been granted the honourable position among the first five best universities in Poland.
NCU comprises 14 faculties: Faculty of Biology and Earth Sciences; Faculty of Chemistry; Faculty of Languages; Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Applied Computer Science; Faculty of Humanities; Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science; Faculty of Economic Sciences and Management; Faculty of History; Faculty of Law and Administration; Faculty of Fine Arts; Faculty of Theology and three faculties of Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz: Medical Faculty, Pharmaceutical Faculty and Faculty of Health Education.
There are 50 fields of studies, 100 specialisations, over 130 courses and post-graduate studies and 16 doctoral studies. In recent years, the NCU has been accepting approximately 10,000 candidates a year, and the number of graduates in the Jubilee year is bound to exceed 100,000.

Institute of Physics

Aleksander Jablonski Institute (Institute of Physics), Nicolaus Copernicus University has a long research tradition of excellence in optics and spectroscopy. The scientific strategy of NCU and the Institute strongly promotes development of cutting edge applied and multidisciplinary research such as quantum information, optics of nanostructures or biomedical imaging. As a result of this strategy several national collaborative projects have been established resulting in foundation of state of the art laboratories including FAMO (National Laboratory for Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics), NLTK (National Laboratory for Quantum Technologies) and COK (Quantum Optics Center).
The research conducted in the Institute was awarded with a number EU and Polish grants. The most important are: QAP - Qubit Applictions (European Commision Project, FP6), CORNER - Correlated Noise Errors in Quantum Information Processing (European Commision project, FP7), EURYI Award - European Young Investigator Award (European Heads of Research Councils and the European Science Foundation), Hybrid nanostructures (WELCOME - Foundation for Polish Science, European Operational Programme - Innovative Economy). Institute of Physics and NCU have developed administrative procedures necessary for realization of European, national and collaborative projects.

The Institute is composed of nine research units and several teaching labs. The employment is 148 people, including 94 research and teaching faculty members. The Institute of Physics Research Council has the right to confer doctoral and post-doctoral degrees in physical sciences and to initiate the process leading to granting the title of a full professor.
The Institute belongs to the top category of Polish research institutions in physical sciences and has the first category of the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

Medical Physics Group

The Medical Physics Group is a part of the Biophysics and Medical Physics Division , Aleksander Jablonski Institute, Nicolaus Copernicus University. It was established in 1999 by Prof. Andrzej Kowalczyk and is one of the few European research teams pioneering in development of the Fourier domain OCT technique. The Group was one of the first to demonstrate the possibility of retinal imaging with FdOCT. In the past decade of the development of FdOCT the Group has been introducing new methods and solutions which paved way to clinical applications and commercialization of this technology. The research included development of new imaging methods, application of new photonics technologies, development of image processing methods and new OCT imaging techniques. Since 2005 NCU group is developing the swept source OCT technique based on the idea of the Fourier Domain Mode Locking developed initially at MIT with contribution of dr M. Wojtkowski. The Group has a history of collaboration with a medical partner (Collegium Medicum, NCU), and an industry partner (Optopol Technology). The Group members have experience in work in international research institutions (e.g. Prof. J.G. Fujimoto's group at MIT, where the OCT technique was invented, Prof. A. Fercher's group in Medical University of Viena, where spectral OCT technique was demonstrated). The experience combined with original ideas of the NCU group staff enabled establishment of an internationally recognized group.
Collaborations were established with Medical University of Vienna, Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich and Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Madrid. The scientists were awarded grants by EU, Foundation for Polish Science, National Center for Research and Development, Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education.
Well organized structure of the Group helps promoting doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows who play a key role in all projects. Their research was recognized by a number of scholarships.
The Medical Physics Group group has 80 publications in international journals, 130 conference talks and posters, more than 10 patent applications.
The funds gained by the Medical Physics Group enabled rapid development of the research infrastructure. Presently the Group has 5 fully equipped modern optical laboratories with state of the art optical, electronic and photonics instruments and test equipment. Two more laboratories and biomedical preparation room will be available for the Group in 2011 after completion of the construction works of the COK (Quantum Optics Center) at the Aleksander Jablonski Institute. The laboratories are dedicated to development of biophotonics. The group has also 7 offices, a seminar room and administrative assistant's office furnished with basic office equipment.

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