Wojciech Gawlik Mini-symposium – 13 July

This day is dedicated to the celebration of Professor Wojciech Gawlik 70th birthday.

Invited speakers

Dmitry Budker – Johannes Guttenberg University, Mainz, Germany
Nonlinear magneto-optics

Fedor Jelezko – University of Ulm, Germany

Gerd Leuchs – Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Erlangen, Germany
A Single Atom Interacting with Light in Free Space

Krzysztof Sacha – Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland
Time crystals

Tomasz Kawalec – Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland
Cold atoms in Cracow

Czesław Radzewicz – University of Warsaw, Poland
Our road to optical atomic clock

Michał Zawada – Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland
The optical 88Sr lattice clocks and stabilized fibre links: a frequency reference for the VLBI system

Wojciech Gawlik

Wojciech Gawlik was born in Kraków, Poland in 1948. After graduating from physics at the Faculty of Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry, he continued his research. In 1975, he defended his PhD thesis and became a faculty at the Institute of Physics of the Jagiellonian University. In 1980, he was appointed an associate professor at the Jagiellonian University and in 1992, just at the age of 44, he was awarded a full professorship. In 2003, Wojciech Gawlik founded the Department of Photonics at the Institute of Physics of the Jagiellonian University and led the department until 2017.

For nearly 40 years, Wojciech Gawlik has been leading a dynamic research group of scientists investigating various aspects of modern atomic, molecular and optical physics. His seminal work on the nonlinear Faraday effect led to the development of a whole new field of nonlinear magneto-optics and stimulated development of optical magnetometry, the most sensitive magnetic-field sensors to date. He also triggered and has significantly contributed to the development of cold-matter physics in Poland. With a group of collaborators, he constructed the first Polish magneto-optical trap and led the research resulting in observation of the first Polish Bose-Einstein condensate. Recently, his interests turned toward nitrogen-vacancy centres in diamonds. His particular topic in this context is microwave spectroscopy using bulk diamond systems.

Despite being related with the Jagiellonian University for nearly five decades, Wojciech Gawlik spent number of years in Germany (Heidelberg University, Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics and University of Munich), Great Britain (University of Reading), France (École Normale Supérieure in Paris) and USA (JILA Boulder, University of California at Berkeley). He has broad international and national collaborations. He is a cofounder of the Krakow-Berkeley Laboratory, cofounder of the National Laboratory of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics in Toruń, where the first Polish Bose-Einstein condensate has been obtained and where ultra-cold physics state-of-the-art experiments are presently realized, and cofounder of the Polish national consortium that has built the first Polish optical atomic clock.

Wojciech Gawlik is a charismatic and dedicated teacher. Number of students participate in his class on Optics, Atomic Physics, Photonics, Optical techniques, etc. Several of his former students hold permanent positions in institutions in Poland and abroad. He was awarded with a number of prizes, distinctions and memberships of Polish and international physical societies. He is also an active member of Polish and international physics societies.