Faculty of Mathematics, Physics
and Informatics
Comenius University Bratislava

Plasma Physics

Doctoral Degree Program




full time / external

Usual duration:

full time form 4 years, external form 5 years

Program director:

prof. RNDr. Štefan Matejčík, DrSc.

Related study programs: master's degree programs Plasma Physics

Description of the Study Program

PhD study program Plasma Physics provides education and scientific training in the area of plasma physics, electric discharges and also in the area of the elementary processes in plasma. The program is under the supervision of the Department of Experimental Physics (Plasma Physics Division) and the Department of Astronomy, Physics of the Earth and Meteorology (Division of Environmental Physics). In addition to the fundamental research in the field of plasma physics, further focus is on the applied research in the field of material research, biomedical research and development of new analytical methods. The PhD students participate in the research in the research laboratories, which are conducting research at the level of the state of the art in the world. The emphasis within the scientific training is on the development of skills and capabilities of the students to formulate scientific problems, to solve them independently and to disseminate the obtained results and knowledge. Graduates obtain skills for work with scientific databases, following the research trends, and in the application of the obtained knowledge in practice. Graduates also learn to work in a research team and to lead small scientific research groups. The graduates of the program are generally employed at research institutions home or abroad, as well as in the commercial sector in the area of research and development.

Doctoral Scholarships

Full-time doctoral students who have permanent residency in the European Union are entitled to receive a scholarship for the entire standard duration of their studies. The scholarships are paid starting on the date of enrollment. The scholarship is determined in accordance with the tables included in the Law no. 553/2003 Z.z. as follows: 

  • prior to completion of the qualification exam: 807,50 EUR (6th class, 1st level)
  • after successful completion of the qualification exam: 940,50 EUR (7th class, 1st level)

Scholarships are not subject to taxes or other fees.

Doctoral studies are considered an equivalent to full time employment and in the majority of cases cannot be combined with another employment. Job holding applicants who intend to keep their job are advised to apply for the external (distance) form of doctoral studies. Doctoral students enrolled in the regular form are expected to participate in teaching activities such as conducting recitations or exam grading, in accordance with the needs of their corresponding departments.

Thesis Topics for Academic Year 2022/2023

  • Emission cross sections of compounds relevant in astrophysics
    RNDr. Juraj Országh, PhD.
  • Study of excitation processes in molecules induced by electron impact 
    RNDr. Juraj Országh, PhD.
  • Studies of processes in atmospheric discharges using methods of IMS and IMS/MS spektrometry
    prof. Dr. Štefan Matejčík, DrSc.
  • Inelastic electron interactions with molecules studied using cross beams techniques
    prof. Dr. Štefan Matejčík, DrSc.
  • Modeling of electron induced processes with standard quantum physical methods.
    RNDr. Peter Papp, PhD.
  • Ionization processes of molecules and molecular clusters used in novel deposition technologies.
    RNDr. Peter Papp, PhD.
  • Precission spectroscopy of “small” molecules
    doc. Mgr. Peter Čermák, PhD.
  • Investigations of transport of plasma generated reactive species into aerosols and thin liquid layers
    prof. RNDr. Zdenko Machala DrSc.
  • Separators for alkaline water electrolyzers prepared by means of plasmochemical methods
    Dr. Michal Stano, PhD
  • The interaction of components of low-temperature atmospheric presure plasma with biological material
    RNDr. Veronika Medvecká, PhD.
  • The study of low-temperature atmospheric pressure plasma application in preparation of inorganic membranes
    RNDr. Veronika Medvecká, PhD.
  • Bioaplication of atmospheric plasma jets
    RNDr. Matej Klas, PhD