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Czech Republic is building its tenth nuclear reactor - it will be at the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague

On Wednesday March 23, 2022, the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering of the CTU in Prague (FNSPE) announced that it has received a permit from the State Office for Nuclear Safety (SÚJB) for the construction of the VR-2 nuclear reactor. It will be located in the same reactor hall where the faculty has been operating the VR-1 Vrabec reactor since 1990. The number of operating nuclear reactors in the Czech Republic will thus round up to ten in the future (not counting the Golem fusion reactor). In addition to the VR-1 and VR-2 reactors, there are also two research reactors of the Research Centre in Řež and six nuclear reactors operated by ČEZ in two nuclear power plants.

PlasmaLab@CTU brings us closer to operating the world's first fusion power plant

At a time of rising energy prices, the search for new, clean sources of energy is increasingly in vogue. One solution to the looming energy crisis may be thermonuclear fusion. For several years in the south of France, scientists and engineers have been building the world's first fusion reactor. The Czech Republic is also represented here. Among the entities involved is, among others, the Faculty of Nuclear and Physical Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague (FNSPE), which currently operates the only working tokamak (fusion reactor) in the Czech Republic. Now, in addition to the reactor, the faculty has built a modern PlasmaLab@CTU laboratory for students and scientists at a cost of more than CZK 23 million.

The Falcon 9 rocket will carry a detector of the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague into orbit on Thursday, 13 January 2022

On Thursday, 13 January 2022, a second detector developed and manufactured by scientists from the Department of Physics of the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering of the CTU in Prague (FNSPE) in cooperation with esc Aerospace will enter Earth orbit. The unique 2SD particle detector will map so-called space weather and ionizing radiation in orbit. It will be carried there by SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral in the US.

European universities, including CTU, unite to educate the quantum experts of the future

Several European universities, including CTU, through the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering (FNSPE), have joined the European Quantum Flagship's QTEdu Open Master project. The aim of the universities and other participating organizations is to train quantum experts who will be needed for the ongoing development of quantum technologies.

Universities build a National Quantum Infrastructure for the Czech Republic with connections abroad for extremely secure communication

The Czech National Quantum Infrastructure with connections to Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Poland is building a cybersecurity hub through collaboration among the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague (FJFI), the Faculty of Informatics of Masaryk University (FI MU), the Faculty of Natural Sciences of Palacký University in Olomouc (UPOL) and IT4 Innovations of the Mining University – Technical University of Ostrava (IT4I VŠB-TUO). 

To prove quantum supremacy, Chinese scientists used a problem formulated at the Faculty of Nuclear and Physical Engineering of CTU in Prague

To demonstrate the so-called quantum supremacy of a quantum computer based on photons, Chinese scientists used a solution to a computational problem formulated at the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague (FNSPE). Specifically, the Gaussian Boson Sampling protocol, developed by Craig Hamilton and Igor Jex of the FNSPE and their partners, the group of Christine Silberhorn of the University of Paderborn (FRG). The research team of the Chinese University of Science and Technology published a report on the results on December 3, 2020 in the journal Science.

Academic fission reactor VR-1 has served at the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering CTU in Prague for 30 years

For 30 years, the academic fission reactor VR-1 has served students from the Czech Republic and abroad, but it is also used for research activities. The reactor is operated by the Department of Nuclear Reactors of the Faculty of Nuclear Science and Physical Engineering (FNSPE) of the Czech Technical University in Prague. The VR-1 reactor reached the so-called first critical state on December 3, 1990 at 4:25 p.m. However, preparations for its construction began in 1982.

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