Supervisors from Institute of Nucelar Physics


Janusz J. Chwastowski currently leads the Department of Diffractive Processes at the Institute of Nuclear Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences in Kraków ( He earned his PhD and DSc (habilitation) from the Institute. HE worked at DESY (Hamburg) on e+e- (PETRA) and lepton-hadron (HERA) physics. At Brookhaven National Laboratory (United States) I studied proton-proton scattering with pp2pp and STAR experiments. At CERN (Geneva) I worked on simulations of the ATLAS Transition Radiation Tracker and on GEANT simulation package. Now, I work on the LHC forward physics and my group constitutes the core of the ATLAS Roman Pots component of the ATLAS experiment.


Research interests:

Particle physics, forward physics in hadron-hadron and lepton-hadron interactions (LHC, EIC), diffraction, structure of the colorless exchange, exclusive processes.


Major publications:

ATLAS Collaboration (Chwastowski J. J.), et al. (2020). “Inclusive single diffractive dissociation cross-section of pp collisions at 8 TeV”, JHEP 02, 042.

Staszewski R., Chwastowski J. J. (2019). “Timing detectors for forward physics, Nucl. Instrum. Meth. A940, 45.

ATLAS Collaboration (Chwastowski J. J.), et al., (2018). “Exclusive muon pair production at 13 TeV”, Phys. Lett. B777, 303.

Chwastowski J. J., Czekierda S., Staszewski R., Trzebiński M. (2017). “Diffractive bremsstrahlung at high-β* LHC”, Eur. Phys. J. C77, 216.

Akiba K. (Chwastowski J. J.) et al. (2016). “LHC forward physics”, Journal of Physics G43 110201.


Stanisław Drożdż is the head of the Complex Systems Theory Department at the Institute of Nuclear Physics in Kraków. He also teaches at the Kraków University of Technology as professor of computer science. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign in the United States and at University of Bonn in Germany. He originally worked in theoretical nuclear physics, currently he is working on several issues related to the science of complexity, including times series analysis, complex networks, random matrix theory, brain research, financial markets and quantitative linguistics.


Research interests:

Nuclear physics, complex systems, econophysics, quantitative linguistics.


Major publications:

Stanisz T., Kwapień J., Drożdż S. (2019). “Linguistic data mining with complex networks: A stylometric-oriented approach”, Information Sciences 482, 301-320.

Drożdż S., Gębarowski R., Minati L., Oświęcimka P., Wątorek M. (2018). “Bitcoin market route to maturity? Evidence from return fluctuations, temporal correlations and multiscaling effects, CHAOS 28, Art No: 071101.

Kwapień J., Drożdż S. (2012). “Physical approach to complex systems”, Physics Reports 515, 115-226.

Oświęcimka P., Kwapień J., Drożdż S. (2006). “Wavelet versus detrended fluctuation analysis of multifractal structures”, Physical Review E 74, Art. No 016103.

Drożdż S., Nishizaki S., Speth J.,  Wambach J. (1990). “The nuclear response within extended RPA theories”, Physics Reports 197, 1-65.


Since 2016 Piotr Homola is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Nuclear Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kraków, from where he also received a PhD and Habilitation. Between 2013 and 2015, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Siegen and Bergische Universität Wuppertal, and in 2018 and 2019 he was a Visiting Professor at the Open University, UK. Dr. Homola is the instigator and the Project Coordinator of the Cosmic Ray Extremely Distributed Observatory (CREDO) Collaboration kicked off in 2016 and formally inaugurated in 2019, now with 43 institutions from 19 countries on board. The main scientific focus of Dr. Homola is the activity within the ground-breaking CREDO project, aiming mainly at detection and investigation on large-scale correlations of cosmic rays. 

Research interests:

Cosmic rays, cosmic ray ensembles, global system for cosmic ray detection, large scale cosmic ray correlations, multi-messenger astroparticle physics 

Major publications:

Homola P. for the CREDO Collab. et al. (2020). “Cosmic Ray Extremely Distributed Observatory”, Symmetry 2020, 12(11), 1835, [DOI: 10.3390/sym12111835]. 

Homola P. for the CREDO Collab. et al. (2019). “Public engagement as a scientific tool to implement multi-messenger strategies with the Cosmic-Ray Extremely Distributed Observatory“, PoS (Asterics2019) 034, [arXiv:1908.09734, DOI:]. 

Homola P. for the CREDO Collab. et al. (2018). “Search for Extensive Photon Cascades with the Cosmic-Ray Extremely Distributed Observatory”, CERN Proceedings 1, 289, [arXiv:1804.05614, DOI: 10.23727/CERN-Proceedings-2018-001.289].  

Homola P. for the Pierre Auger Collab. et al. (2018). “Search for Ultra-High Energy Photons with the Pierre Auger Observatory”, CERN Proceedings 1, 283, [DOI: 10.23727/CERN-Proceedings-2018-001.283]. 

Homola P., Risse M. (2014). “Method to Calibrate the Absolute Energy Scale of Air Showers with Ultrahigh Energy Photons”, Phys. Rev. Lett. Vol. 112, Iss. 15 - 18 April 2014, p. 151104, [DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.112.151104].


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Anna Kaczmarska is an associate professor at the Institute of Nuclear Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences. She earned her PhD from the Institute in 2000 and her DSc (habilitation) in 2013. She is an active member of the ATLAS collaboration. She also manages the Doctoral School at the Institute of Nuclear Physics PAS.


Research interests:

Searches for New Physics in the ATLAS experiment (heavy fermions in the final state), tau lepton physics.


Major publications:

ATLAS Collaboration (Kaczmarska A.) et al. (2020). “Search for heavy Higgs bosons decaying into two tau leptons with the ATLAS detector using pp collisions at √s=13 TeV”, arXiv:2002.12223 [hep-ex] (Feb 2020, accepted by PRL).

ATLAS Collaboration (Kaczmarska A.) et al. (2018). “Search for charged Higgs bosons decaying via H±→τ±ντ in the τ+jets and τ+lepton final states with 36 fb1 of pp collision data recorded at √s=13 TeV with the ATLAS experiment”, arXiv:1807.07915 [hep-ex] JHEP 09, 139.

ATLAS Collaboration (Kaczmarska A.) et al. (2018). “Measurement of τ polarisation in Z/γ*→ττ decays in proton-proton collisions at √s=8 TeV with the ATLAS detector”, arXiv:1709.03490 [hep-ex] Eur. Phys. J. C 78,163.


Krzysztof Kutak is a theoretical particle physicist based at Institute of Nuclear Physics, Polish   Academy   of   Sciences, where he leads the Department of Particle Theory. His research interests center on particle physics, especially on Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD), a theory describing properties of the basic building blocks of hadronic matter, i.e. quarks and gluons. This theory is also a basic tool which is used to set up initial conditions for collisions of protons and ions at colliders like the Large Hadron Collider. My main interest at the moment is the study of high-energy behavior of cross section in high-density QCD as studied in Large Hadron Collider at CERN  and will be studied further at the US-based Electron Ion Collider (EIC). In particular the interesting feature of gluon density at high energies is gluon saturation, i.e. a state of a system of gluons where the gluon occupancy number is high and gluons start to overlap.


Research interests:

Theoretical particle physics, Quantum Chromodynamics, jet physics, saturation, Electron Ion Collider, Large Hadron.


Major publications:

Van Hameren A., Kotko P., Kutak K., Sapeta S. (2019). “Broadening and saturation effects in dijet azimuthal correlations in p-p and p-Pb collisions at √sNN=5.02 TeV”, Phys.Lett.B 795, 511-515.

Kotko P., Kutak K., Marquet C., Petreska E., Sapeta S., Van Hameren A. (2015). “Improved TMD factorization for forward dijet production in dilute-dense hadronic collisions”, JHEP 1509, 106.

Kutak K. (2015). “Hard scale dependent gluon density, saturation and forward-forward dijet production at the LHC”,  Phys.Rev.D 91, 3, 034021.

Van Hameren A., Kotko P., Kutak K. (2013). “Helicity amplitudes for high-energy scattering”,

JHEP 01, 078.

Jerzy Łukasik has been an Associate Professor at the IFJ PAN since 2016. He obtained his PhD in 1993 from the Jagiellonian University. It concerned the properties of symmetric nuclear matter based on the predictions of his QMD code CHIMERA. He obtained the habilitation in 2015 from the IFJ PAN. It referred to the collective effects, the dynamics of heavy ion reactions at intermediate energies and their relation to the nuclear equation of state. He worked on various aspects of heavy ion collisions at IPN-Orsay (1995/96, INDRA), at GSI-Darmstadt (1998-2007, ALADIN) and also actively participated in the ASY-EOS and SPiRIT Collaborations performing experiments at GSI and at RIKEN. Since 2009 he has been a project leader of three grants and the main contractor of one project. All they resulted in construction of 3 detection systems: KRATTA, KATANA and KRAB. Currently he is a co-spokesperson of the ASY-EOS II Collaboration aiming at precise determination of the density dependence of the symmetry energy up to about twice the normal density. He has an experience in simulations of heavy ion collisions, data analysis, detector design and construction, simulations of experimental setups and detectors.


Research interests:

Nuclear reactions, properties of asymmetric nuclear matter, nuclear equation of state, dynamics of heavy ion collisions, collective effects, multifragmentation, clusterization in atomic nuclei, radiation detection, statistical methods in data analysis.


Major publications: 

Russotto P. et al., Results of the ASY-EOS experiment at GSI: The symmetry energy at suprasaturation densityPhys. Rev. C 94 (2016) 034608.

Łukasik J. et al., KRATTA, a versatile triple telescope array for charged reaction productsNucl. Instr. Meth A 709 (2013) 120.

Łukasik J. et al., Directed and elliptic flow in 197Au+197Au at intermediate energiesPhys. Lett. B 608 (2005) 223.

Łukasik J. et al., Fragmentation in Peripheral Heavy-Ion Collisions: from Neck Emission to Spectator DecaysPhys. Lett. B 566 (2003) 76.

Łukasik J. et al., Dynamical effects and intermediate mass fragment production in peripheral and semi-central collisions of Xe+Sn at 50 MeV/nucleonPhys. Rev. C  55, (1997) 1906.


Pawel Malecki is an associate professor at the The Henryk Niewodniczański Institute of Nuclear Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences in Krakow (since 2020). Since 2019 he has been the leader of the Krakow Baikal-GVD group. He received his PhD in 2011 at the Institute of Nuclear Physics PAS and has worked in the ATLAS experiment since then. He has switched his focus to astro-particle physics following his DSc (habilitation) in 2019. He is currently organizing efforts to improve the event simulation and reconstruction procedures in the Baikal-GVD Experiment, including creation of a new Monte Carlo simulation chain and the development of detector time-calibration method with atmospheric moons.


Research interests:

High-energy astro-particle physics, neutrino observations, new physics.


Major publications:

ATLAS Collaboration (Pa. Malecki), et al. (2018). “Measurement of τ polarisation in Z/γ∗→ττ decays in proton-proton collisions at √s=8 TeV with the ATLAS detector” , Eur. Phys. J. C 78, 163, arXiv: 1709.03490 [hep-ex].

ATLAS Collaboration (Pa. Malecki), et al. (2019). “Search for Heavy Neutral Higgs Bosons Produced in Association with b-quarks and Decaying to b-quarks at √s = 13 TeV with the ATLAS detector”, ATLAS-CONF-2019-010,, submitted to Phys. Rev. D.

ATLAS Collaboration (Pa. Malecki), et al. (2015). “Identification and energy calibration of hadronically decaying tau leptons with the ATLAS experiment in pp collisions at √s=8 TeV, Eur. Phys. J. C 75, 303, arXiv: 1412.7086 [hep-ex].

ATLAS Collaboration (Pa. Malecki), et al. (2016). “Reconstruction of hadronic decay products of tau leptons with the ATLAS experiment”, Eur. Phys. J. C 76, 295, arXiv: 1512.05955 [hep-ex].



Ewa Stanecka is an associate professor and a group leader at the Institute of Nuclear Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences and an active member of the ATLAS collaboration. For her PhD degree she worked on the development, construction and commissioning of the Strip Semiconductor Tracker in ATLAS experiment, and on physics simulations for background rejection in searches for the Higgs boson in MSSM scenarios. After obtaining her PhD in 2008 she spent five years at CERN as a CERN fellow and visiting scientist working on the ATLAS Inner Detector and Beam Condition Monitor based on diamond sensors. She is an expert on large scale control systems and instrumentation for high energy physics experiments. Currently she is involved in the upgrade program of the ATLAS experiment on High Luminosity Large Hadron Collider (HL-LHC), where she leads activity for design, production and commissioning  of the powering system for the Inner Tracker Strip detector.


Research interests:

Silicon detectors, tracking detectors, large scale detector control system, instrumentation for high energy physics experiments.


Selected publications:

ATLAS Collaboration (Stanecka E.), et al. (2020). “ATLAS data quality operations and performance for 2015-2018 data-taking”, JINST 15, P04003.

ATLAS Collaboration (Stanecka E.), et al. (2017). “Technical Design Report for the ATLAS Inner Tracker Strip Detector”, CERN-LHCC-2017-005. ATLAS-TDR-025, Apr, 2017.

Alhroob M., (Stanecka E.) et al. (2017). “Custom real-time ultrasonic instrumentation for simultaneous mixture and flow analysis of binary gases in the CERN ATLAS experiment, Nucl. Instrum. Meth. A, 845:273-277.

Stanecka E. (on behalf of ATLAS Collaboration) (2016). “ATLAS Inner Tracker Performance at the Beginning of the LHC Run 2”, Acta Phys. Polon. B, 47 (6):1739-1744.

ATLAS Collaboration (Stanecka E.) et al. (2014). “Operation and performance of the ATLAS semiconductor tracker”, JINST, 9:08009.


Maciej Trzebiński defended his PhD in 2013 at the Institute of Nuclear Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences and the Université Paris-Sud 11 with 1st class honors. Since then, he has been employed at the Institute of Nuclear Physics as an assistant professor. During that time he has spent 3 years at CERN, financed from the Mobility+ programme, serving as ATLAS Forward Proton (AFP) Technical Coordinator and AFP Run Coordinator. His research interests concentrate on various aspects of diffraction at HEP: starting from phenomenology (collaboration with Prof. A. Szczurek’s group from Krakow), through Monte Carlo generators (PI of project to develop GenEx-MC for exclusive light meson production) and detector operation, to analysis of data (PI of project “Studies of Hard Diffractive Production with the ATLAS Experiment”; 2020-2025). Finally, I am interested in outreach, being an official CERN guide, leader of few projects for high school and university students and organizer of the Particle Physics Summer Student Programme at the Institute of Nuclear Physics.


Research interests:

Particle physics, diffraction, nature of colorless interactions, detectors: proton tagging techniques.


Major publications:

Ma. Luszczak, R. Maciula, A. Szczurek, M. Trzebinski (2017). “Single-diffractive production of charmed mesons at the LHC within the kt-factorization approach”, JHEP 1702, 089.

Akiba K. et al. (Trzebinski M.) (2016). “LHC forward physics”, Journal of Physics G vol. 43 Issue 11 110201; SLAC-PUB-16364, DESY 15-167.

Trzebinski M. (2015). “Hard Diffraction with Proton Tagging at the LHC, Acta Physica Polonica B 46, 1499.

ATLAS Collaboration (Trzebinski M.), et al. (2015). “Technical Design Report for the ATLAS Forward Proton Detector”, CERN-LHCC-2015-009, ATLAS-TDR-024,

Trzebinski M. (2014). “Machine Optics Studies for the LHC Measurements”, Photonics Applications in Astronomy, Communications, Industry, and High-Energy Physics Experiments, Proceedings of SPIE vol. 9290, 929026.


Adam Trzupek earned his PhD at Jagellonian University in theoretical physics in 1988. Next he was employed at the Institute of Nuclear Physics in Kraków, where he currently works as an associate professor in the ATLAS Experiment Department. His main area of interest is the physics of a new state of matter, the Quark-Gluon Plasma (QGP) created in ultra-relativistic heavy-ion collisions. He has been involved in relativistic heavy-ion experiments, in particular, he was actively engaged in the PHOBOS experiment at BNL and presently in the ATLAS experiment at CERN. To pursue these experimental tasks and to gain scientific experience, he has worked a total of almost 4 years in foreign laboratories at Oxford University, University of Notre Dame, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Brookhaven National Lab and CERN. He has supervised two PhD thesis and has been a Principal Investigator on two Polish National Science Center projects.

Research interests:

ATLAS experiment, quark-gluon plasma, relativistic heavy-ion collisions, correlations and fluctuations, heavy flavor production.

Major publications:

ATLAS Collaboration (Trzupek A.), et al. (2019). “Measurement of flow harmonics correlations with mean transverse momentum in lead–lead and proton–lead collisions at √sNN=5.02 TeV with the ATLAS detector”, European Physical Journal C 79, 985.

ATLAS Collaboration (Trzupek A.), et al. (2017). “Measurement of multi-particle azimuthal correlations in pp, p + Pb and low-multiplicity Pb + Pb collisions with the ATLAS detector”, European Physical Journal C77, 428.

ATLAS Collaboration (Trzupek A.), et al. (2012). “Measurement of the pseudorapidity and transverse momentum dependence of the elliptic flow of charged particles in lead–lead collisions at  √ (sNN) = 2.76 TeV with the ATLAS detector”, Physics Letters B 707, 330.

ATLAS Collaboration (Trzupek A.), et al. (2005).  “Observation of a Centrality-Dependent Dijet Asymmetry in Lead-Lead Collisions at √(sNN) = 2.76 TeV with the ATLAS Detector at the LHC”, Physical Review Letters 105, 252303.

PHOBOS Collaboration (Trzupek A.), et al. (2005). “The PHOBOS Perspective on Discoveries at RHIC”, Nuclear Physics A 757, 28.


Jerzy Wojciech Mietelski studied physics at the Jagiellonian University. He received PhD degree in 1994 from Institute of Nuclear Physics. For his thesis  related to Chernobyl he became a laureate in American Association for Advancement in Science contest for best PhD devoted to radioactivity in 1995. He received  habilitation from IFJ PAN in 2004 (with distinction) : based on thesis on bioavailability of radioisotopes from fuel-like hot particles in forest environment.  In 2012 he received title of professor of physics from President of Poland.  Since 2004  he is head of Department of Nuclear Physical Chemistry in IFJ PAN  in Krakow. His research focus on determination of traces radioactivity (alpha, beta and gamma emitters) including radiochemical separations mostly in both biological or geological  samples. As an expert on trace activity he was also involved in studies of radiochemical purity of materials used  in projects devoted to detection of rare physical processes like neutrino detector  ICARUS (Italy) or double beta decay project ISOTTA (France). In 2011 he was IAEA expert in mission to Kuwait in field of airborne radioactivity. He is author of more than 100 articles. He promoted  11 PhD students  and numerous graduate (MSc) students.

Research interests:

Environmental radioactivity, nuclear spectrometry, radiochemistry

Major publications

  1. Mietelski J.W., Was B. (1995). Plutonium from Chernobyl in Poland, Applied Radiation and Isotopes 46 (11), 1203-1211.
  2. Mietelski J.W., Szwałko P., Tomankiewicz E., Gaca P., Małek S., Barszcz J., Grabowska S. (2004). 137Cs, 40K, 90Sr, 238, 239+240Pu, 241Am and 243+244Cm in forest litter and their transfer to some species of insects and plants in boreal forests: There Case Studies. Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry 262 (3), 645-660.
  3. Mietelski J.W., Dubchak S., Błażej S., Anielska T., Turnau K. (2010). 137Cs and 40K in fruiting bodies of different fungal species collected in a single forest in southern Poland. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity 101 (9), 706-711.
  4. Mietelski J.W., Kierepko R., Brudecki K., Janowski P., Kleszcz K., Tomankiewicz E. (2014). Long-range transport of gaseous 131I and other radionuclides from Fukushima accident to Southern Poland, Atmospheric Environment 91, 137-145.
  5. Mietelski J.W. (2010). Anthropogenic Radioactivity. Radionuclides in the Environment. John Wiley, Chichester, UK 19, 34.

I am theoretical physicist working in the field of theoretical and mathematical physics. I was graduated from the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń where in 2008 earned the PhD degree in theoretical physics. After completing post-doc positions at the Sorbonne University in Paris and Sao Paulo University since 2011 I have been employed at the H. Niewodniczanski Institute of Nuclear Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences (IFJ PAN) in Krakow where, since being awarded in 2015 the habitation degree, I am taking currently the post of the Institute professor. During my scientific career I have been the beneficent of many national and international research projects which have enabled me to develop extensive international cooperation with researchers in France, Italy, Spain, Czech Republic, Croatia and Northern Macedonia. I was also the visiting professor at the Université Sorbonne Paris Nord in Villetaneuse, France and at the Case Western Reserve University, Clevland, Ohio, USA. My research interests are focused on fractional dynamics methods, in particular fractional calculus, applied to study mesoscopic physics phenomena, among them to model non-Debye dielectric relaxation and anomalous diffusion.

Research interests:

Anomalous diffusion, non-Debye relaxation, fractional dynamics, Volterra type equations ,integral transforms

Major publications:

Górska K., Horzela A., Lenzi E. K., Pagnini G., Sandev T. (2020). Generalized Cattaneo (telegrapher's) equations in modeling anomalous diffusion phenomena. Physical Review E vol. 102, p. 022128.

Górska K., Horzela A. (2020). The Volterra type equations related to the non-Debye relaxation. Communications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation, vol. 85, p. 105246.

Górska K., Penson K. A., Babusci D., Dattoli G., Duchamp G. H. E. (2012). Operator solutions for fractional Fokker-Planck equations. Physical Review E vol. 85, p. 031138.

Górska K.,  Penson K. A. (2011). Lévy stable two-sided distributions: Exact and explicit densities for asymmetric case. Physical Review E vol. 83, p. 061125.

Penson K. A., Górska K. (2010). Exact and Explicit Probability Densities for One-Sided Lévy Stable Distributions. Physical Review Letters vol. 105, p. 210604.