Hejduk Group - ultra-cool plasma physics

We are developing a microwave ion trap capable of confining ultra-cold plasmas. If you cool a cloud of ions to temperatures as low as -273 degrees Celsius, it “freezes” and forms a “gas-phase” crystal. We aim to introduce an electron into this crystal and observe how it reacts with the ions. Once we make this electron stand still, we will watch how it switches between particle-like and wave-like behaviours. This may be exploited in quantum technologies that we have no clue about

About the PI

PI(MH)’s CV in a nutshell: 2013—PhD in cold plasma physics (Prague), 2014—2017 cluster physics postdoc (Freiburg, Germany), 2017—2020 post-doctoral research associate in the Heazlewood Group at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Oxford (UK). In 2020, MH worked briefly as an optical engineer in the automotive industry.

From 2021, MH conducts his own research funded by Charles University in Prague.


23.11.2022 - We are looking for a new postdoc who would bring the electron trapping project to the successful end! More information here

07.09.2022 - Andrej and Ivan defended their bachelor theses and passed the state exams! Congratulations Bc. Rendek and Bc. Hudák!

01.03.2022 - Two PhD students, Niklas Lausti and Vineet Kumar, join the group.

16.02.2022 - New article about a cryogenic ion trap published.

24.09.2021 - A series of four lectures about ultracold physics and quantum control with guests from the University of Oxford are shceduled for October and November 2021.

I am always looking for enthusiastic students to work with! See new bachelor thesis topics here.