Division of Optics,
Institute of Experimental Physics,
Faculty of Physics,
University of Warsaw

Optics at the University of Warsaw

Both optics and photonics are well-established yet dynamically developing areas of research and technology which have profoundly changed the world around us. Lasers, optical fibers for telecommunication applications, digital cameras in smartphones, LED lighting in our houses, computer screens and TV’s are just a few examples of how photonics has affected our everyday lives.

The Division of Optics at the Faculty of Physics at the University of Warsaw actively participates in the development of optics and photonics by educating future generations of scientists and facilitating a network of high-tech, state-of-the-art optical laboratories.

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KNOF UE - The Student Association of Optics and Photonics

The Student Association of Optics and Photonics UW was founded in 2011 and since then it has become the only organisation in Poland which is affiliated by The Optical Society, SPIE, European Physical Society and IEEE Photonics Society at the same time.

The Association’s main focus is to support people interested in Optics and Photonics at the University of Warsaw by building a local community of like-minded individuals who enjoy helping each other grow. What’s more, it is also a great platform to exchange scientific experience and ideas. These goals are achieved by a number of separate projects, many of which can be found at knof.uw.edu.pl.

KNOF website
KNOF UE - The Student Association of Optics and Photonics KNOF UE - The Student Association of Optics and Photonics
KNOF UE - The Student Association of Optics and Photonics KNOF UE - The Student Association of Optics and Photonics



Journal of Lightwave Technology

Precise on-chip spectral and temporal control of single-photon-level optical pulses


Materials 15

From Light-Powered Motors, to Micro-Grippers, to Crawling Caterpillars, Snails and Beyond—Light-Responsive Oriented Polymers in Action


Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 608

First events in the coil-to-globule transition of PVME in water: An ultrafast temperature jump – time-resolved elastic light scattering study

  • Pastorczak/ Marcin
  • Nejbauer/Michał
  • Shinyashiki / Naoki
  • Takatsuka/ Masanobu
  • Angulo/ Gonzalo
  • Stepanenko / Yuriy
  • C. Radzewicz



Electrical switching of a chiral lasing from polariton condensate in a Rashba-Dresselhaus regime

  • Łempicka-Mirek/ Karolina
  • Król/ Mateusz
  • De Marco/ Luisa
  • Coriolano/ Annalisa
  • Polimeno/ Laura
  • Viola/ Ilenia
  • Kędziora/ Mateusz
  • Muszyński/ Marcin
  • Morawiak/ Przemysław
  • Mazur/Rafał
  • Kula/Przemysław
  • Piecek/Wiktor
  • P. Fita
  • Sanvitto/Daniele
  • Szczytko/Jacek
  • Piętka/Barbara


Atmos. Meas. Tech., 15

Contactless optical hygrometry in LACIS-T

  • Nowak/Jakub
  • Grosz/Robert
  • Wiebke/Frey
  • Niedermeier/ Dennis
  • Mijas/Jędrzej
  • Malinowski/Szymon
  • Ort/Linda
  • Schmalfuß/Silvio
  • Stratmann/Frank
  • Voigtländer/Jens
  • T. Stacewicz


Spectrochimica Acta A255, 119643

On the 31Πu state in caesium dimer


Int. J. Mol. Sci. 22,2661

Advanced Spectroscopy and APBS Modeling for Determination of the Role of His190 and Trp103 in Mouse Thymidylate Synthase Interaction with Selected dUMP Analogues

  • M. Prokopowicz
  • A. Jarmuła
  • Y. Casamayou-Boucau
  • A. Gordon
  • F. Ryder
  • J. Sobich
  • P. Maj
  • Z. Cieśla
  • J. Zieliński
  • P. Fita
  • W. Rode


Advanced Quantum Technologies 4, 2000150

Control and Measurement of Quantum Light Pulses for Quantum Information Science and Technology

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In the "People" section you will can contact information to all the staff of the Department of Optics. We are open for cooperation on various projects and will be happy to help you with your research idea. If you are a student, we can help you with your bachelor's thesis, master's thesis or doctoral dissertation. We incorporate students in our research projects from the very first years of their studies, so they quickly acquire practical skills.

You can also come to the meetings of the Student Assocciation of Optics and Photonics at University of Warsaw (KNOF-UW), where you will be able to talk with students and PhD students of the Devision, who participate in these meetings. They will be happy to answer all your questions.

Check the list of job offers at the Faculty of Physics UW.

We regularly recruit new people to our team. We are looking for technical and administrative staff, post-docs, PhD students and students for positions in grants. We invite you to contact our secretariat and check the current job board on the Faculty of Physics website.

Start studying at the UW

Up-to-date information about undergraduate and graduate studies organised by the Faculty of Physics of the University of Warsaw is available at fuw.edu.pl/informator.html. The majority of students in the Department of Optics pursue a programme in physics or nanostructures engineering, but we are also open to people from other fields of study.

Education at the doctoral level at the University of Warsaw is organised by the Doctoral School of Exact and Natural Sciences and the Interdisciplinary Doctoral School. Detailed information about the process and rules of recruitment as well as the curriculum are available on the schools' website - https://szkolydoktorskie.uw.edu.pl/en/.