Faculty of Mathematics, Physics
and Informatics
of the Comenius University in 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: 595,00 EUR (9th class, 1st level)
  • after successful completion of the qualification exam: 693,50 EUR (10th 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 2018/2019

  • Direct vs. indirect effects of cold plasmas and plasma activated water on microorganisms and eukaryotic cells
    (doc. RNDr. Zdenko Machala, PhD.)
  • Investigation of plasma-liquid interactions in aerosols and bulk liquids by advanced optical/electrical diagnostics and related properties of the plasma activated water
    (doc. RNDr. Zdenko Machala, PhD.)
  • Characterization of alloys for divertor walls in nuclear reactors using CF-LIBS method and retention monitoring of D fusion fuel in the walls of the ITER thermonuclear reactor
    (prof. RNDr. Pavel Veis, CSc.)
  • The study of self-absorption and its influence on the spectral lines profiles in laser induced plasma at different experimental conditions
    (prof. RNDr. Pavel Veis, CSc.)