Institute of Photonics and Electronics, Czech Academy of Sciences

Address: Chaberská 1014/57, 182 00 Praha 8 – Kobylisy


Founding: 1954

The Institute of Photonics and Electronics of the Czech Academy of Sciences (ÚFE) is a public research institution, one of the research institutes of the Czech Academy of Sciences, the largest non-university research organization in the Czech Republic. ÚFE carries out fundamental and applied research in the scientific fields of photonics, optoelectronics and electronics.

The institute was founded in 1954, then as the Institute of Radio Engineering and Electronics (IRE). The importance of research in the fields of photonics and optoelectronics in this institute in the new millennium was reflected in the name change, which since 2007 is the Institute of Photonics and Electronics. Initially, the Institute had approximately 35 employees, but currently it has around 100.

The Institute conducts research in 6 areas:

  • optical biosensors
  • fibre lasers and nonlinear optics
  • preparation and characterisation of nanomaterials
  • bioelectrodynamics
  • nano-optics
  • operates the Laboratory of National Time and Frequency Standard

Selected special facilities of the Institute:

  • preparation and characterization of special optical fibers, including fibers for fiber lasers
  • state time and frequency standard (calibration, expert activities)
  • deposition of thin films by vacuum deposition
  • fabrication of nanostructures by electron and ion lithography, characterisation of nanostructures
  • laboratories with biosensors with surface plasmons for measuring biochemical samples
  • surface characterisation by scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, cathodoluminescence and FIB TOF SIMS secondary ion mass spectrometry