No one doubts that the invention of lasers has not only changed the world of technology but also the lives of the general public. The first laser beamed in California in 1960 and then in spring of 1963 in the Czech Republic. November 30, 2013 will mark the 50th anniversary of the launch of the first laser university course which focused on teaching laser physics.

The course titled "Quantum radiotechnology" was jointly organized by the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague ( FJFI ) and the Institute of Photonics and Electronics of the Academy of Sciences ( IPE ). [1]

There was a strong team of scientists in IPE around Dr. Viktor Trkal, Ph.D. and Jan Blabla, CSc. which already had significant achievements in the field of laser physics. It was therefore logical to ask these experts to prepare and teach at the course. This course is considered to be the first educational program in the field of laser physics in Czechoslovakia. A comprihensive textbook was published for the purposes of the individual lectures which was actually the first major publication on lasers in Czech. The textbook as well as the course itself was an important impulse for the development of a completely new and revolutionary technology of lasers in our country. Today, lasers are used everyday life and the research teams at IPE and FJFI are expanding the knowledge base about lasers and their applications a step further every day. Researchers in IPE focus on fiber lasers and amplifiers and the team at FJFI is currently interested in solid-state lasers.

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[1] Both organizations had different names back then: Faculty of nuclear physics (FTJF) and Institute of Radiotechnology and Electronics (IRE).

IPE carries out fundamental and applied research in the scientific fields of photonics, optoelectronics and electronics. In these fields, IPE generates new knowledge and develops new technologies.

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