Information Optics Department, IGF FUW

Department of Information Optics

Faculty of Physics, UW, IGF

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Department of Information Optics (ZOI) conducts research on optics, photonics and optometry focused on the design and fabrication of photonic and nanooptical structures as well as on electromagnetic modeling. We are interested in novel materials with prospect applications in photonics, plasmonics and photovoltaics. In recent years we have been realizing projects on plasmonics, layered optical metamaterials, superresolving imaging, photovoltaics, photonic crystal and nanostructured fibers, SNOM microscopy and optical applications of the theory of compressive sensing.

ZOI includes several laboraories. We are equipped e.g. with a vacuum PVD thin layer evaporator with an electron beam, an electron microscope, and scanning SNOM and AFM microscopes.

ZOI is a memeber of the Polish National Laboratory for Photonics and Quantum Technologies (NLPQT) which is placed on the Polish Research Infrastructure roadmap (with Tomasz Szoplik as the Leader of ZOI in NLPQT). 

The Information Optics Department has its roots in the Holographics Laboratory created by Katarzyna Chałasińska-Macukow and Tomasz Szoplik, now professors, and was placed under the Institute of Geophysics in 1980 in order to conduct research on methods of holographic image recording, holographic memories, holographic investigation of fog, and image recognition techniques. Though, current research fields are not directly related to geophysics.

The Information Optics Department (ZOI) is headed by  Rafał Kotyński.

Studies: Photonics and European optometry and optometry studies


Information Optics Department consists of the following research groups:

Groups focused on nanophotonics, plasmonics, functional materials and superresolution:

  • Nanophotonics (Tomasz Antosiewicz) - in our research group, we explore how the spatial formation of matter at the nanometer scale affects its interaction with light and how these phenomena can be used to build more efficient devices. Our research is part of the development of functional metamaterials and nanophotonics.
  • Superresolution and computational imaging (Rafał Kotyński) - we conduct research on indirect imaging methods including single-pixel imaging as well as on the theory of compressive sensing. We are also working on superresolution, in particular on the imaging properties of layered optical metamaterials.
  • Functional Materials (Tomasz Stefaniuk) - research conducted in our group prace is linked to the concept of nanostructured optical materials. This is a class of materials with unique optical properties resulting from the nanostructurization process and which go beyond the properties of component materials.
  • Plasmonics (Piotr Wróbel) - the group is focused on the design, modeling, fabrication and measurements of plasmonic structures, as well as on the development of fabrication technologies and measurement techniques of these structures.

Groups working on photonic crystal fibers, microoptics and optofluidics:

  • Structured optics & optofluidics (Ryszard Buczyński) - structured optics and optofluidics group has a long lasting experience in the design and fabrication of photonic crystal and nanostructurized fibers.
  • Microoptics (Rafał Kasztelanic) - the main interest of the microoptics research group is modeling, characterization and practical application of optical elements on a micro scale, such as: gradient lenses (GRIN), structured optical
    elements, and arrays of such elements. The research is realized both in visible and near infrared light.


Groups focused on optometry, visual psychophysics and visual optics, also engaded in the establishment of an optometric clinic: