The main reason for the change is that the name needs to fully reflects to what the researchers at the Department of Physical Electronics has been doing in recent years. Prof. Petr Vašina, Director of the Department of Physical Electronics, adds: "The name Department of Physical Electronics has represented us for over twenty years. Research in the physics of electric discharges, low-temperature non-equilibrium plasma, and its applications, including the solution of current technological problems, is now the main focus of our work. The new name, the Department of Plasma Physics and Technology, reflects the current focus of the Department's scientific activities more accurately.
There was a broad discussion on the Department's name change, and staff were challenged to make suggestions. The debate took place in two phases. The best three names for the Department were selected in the first phase. In the second phase, the employees discussed only these proposals. The clear majority favored the Department of Plasma Physics and Technology. It is an apt name that covers most of the activities of the Department very well. The most extensive discussion was on the word "technology."
Prof. Vašina explains, "Our traditional strength is basic research in plasma physics. We are the most important contributor from the Czech RepublicIn to the most prestigious journal in the field. In recent years, we have even been the eighth most important contributor in the world. The results of cutting-edge-oriented basic research are subsequently transformed into final industrial applications in cooperation with industrial partners in the Czech Republic and abroad. We provide environmentally friendly and economically significant solutions for preparing new advanced materials or the surface refinement of traditional materials. This strategy is common in countries with a high level of innovation. Still, among Czech research organizations, even within Masaryk University, we are unique in this way of our work. A name without "technology" would not reflect this strength of ours. People often ask me how useful we are, and I always surprise them with how many companies we cooperate with and what practical things we have already done."