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Center for Theoretical Physics, PAS


Name: Center for Theoretical Physics, PAS

Address: Al. Lotnikow 32/46, 02-668 Warsaw, Poland



The Center for Theoretical Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences (CTP PAS) was founded in 1980 with the mission of creating the leading centre for theoretical physics in Poland.  In fact, at CTP, the scientific career of many outstanding scientists has begun, holding important positions both in Poland and abroad, including research units in Vienna, Oxford, Barcelona and Singapore. The CTP gathers well-recognized experienced researchers (two FNP Prize called "Polish Nobel" winners, Humboldt laureate) and exceptional physicists and mathematicians of young generation, currently managing the institute. CTP is a quickly growing institute, leader of a large scientific consortium in the field of quantum computing, attracting researchers at all career levels from around the world and well recognized on the international science stage.

Disciplines: physics, mathematics, astronomy

Fields of activity:

  • quantum information – quantum computing, state certification, quantum chaos, objectivity;
  • astrophysics - high energy astrophysics, relativistic astrophysics, gravitational waves;
  • cosmology - large-scale structures, machine-learning in astronomy;
  • mathematical physics - foundations of quantum theory, differential geometry, graph theory;
  • gravitation – general relativity, light propagation in curved spacetimes;
  • quantum gases - Bose-Einstein condensate, solitons, quantum droplets, metrology.

Latest achievements:

Despite being a relatively small institute, CTP PAS has an outstanding publication output: within the last five years, we have published hundreds of scientific articles in the prestigious journals, including Science, comments to Nature and Nature Astronomy, Physical Review X and Physical Review Letters. The latest articles cover such problems as universality of quantum computers, generation of entangled states useful for quantum technologies, predictions of quasi-1D quantum droplets of cold atoms, application of the conformal geometry to describe the universe before the big bang, modelling of dark matter, formulating Heisenberg uncertainty relations for electrons or, in large scientific collaborations, detections of Gamma Ray bursts.

Research facilities: computational clasters

Contact person:

Professor Krzysztof Pawłowski
Deputy Director for Scientific Affairs
(+48) 666 898 209