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Institute: Astronomical Institute

Physical processes in cataclysmic binaries
Fyzikálne procesy v kataklizmatických dvojhviezdach
Program: Inter-academic agreement
Project leader: RNDr. Chochol Drahomír DrSc.
Annotation:The project is a continuation of the study of explosions in cataclysmis binaries (CBs), initiated in a previous common project. Based on obtained observations, we continue to study CBs with emphasize to classical and dwarf novae. The most important parameter is the orbital period, which determines the mutual distance of the components and the mode of the mass transfer in the binary. The main goal of the project is to determine the absolute parameters of the selected CBs: masses, radii and luminosities of the components and the study of the physical mechanism responsible for the outbursts of classical and dwarf novae. While the outbursts of classical novae are caused by ignition of thermonuclear fusion of the accreted material on the surface of the white dwarf, outbursts in the accretion disks of dwarf novae provide valuable information on the mechanisms of accretion and tidal instability. To reach the goals of the project, we will use multicolour photometric and multifrequency spectroscopic observations . The photometric and spectroscopic observations of CBs will be taken by telescopes of the Main Astronomical Observatory in Kiev and Terskol and observatories of the Astronomical Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Stará Lesná and Skalnaté Pleso.
Duration: 6.4.2017 - 31.12.2019

Searching for giant exoplanets around white dwarfs
Hľadanie obrích exoplanét okolo bielych trpaslíkov
Program: Inter-academic agreement
Project leader: RNDr. Garai Zoltán PhD.
Annotation:The project is aimed at search for extrasolar planets orbiting white dwarfs based on the transit method. If such a star has a transiting exoplanet, it is possible to detect significant brightness decreasing of the central star during the transit. Within the project we are going to collect and analyze own photometric data, obtained at different observatories of AI SAS and MAO NASU. In the case of detection will such a planet analyzed in details.
Duration: 6.4.2017 - 31.12.2019

Integrated Quantum Information at the Nanoscale
Integrovaná kvantová informácia na nanoškálach
Program: Bilateral - other
Project leader: RNDr. Saniga Metod DrSc.
Annotation:The project focuses on quantum entanglement, quantum control (quantum filtering and feedback control, open-loop control, quantum information and optical and related applications) and integrated systems. The objective of the project is to develop a coherent ambitious long term program on quantum information based on the know-how of the regional researchers.
Duration: 1.3.2017 - 30.9.2020

Origins and evolution of life on Earth and in the Universe
Pôvod a evolúcia života na Zemi a vo vesmíre
Program: COST
Project leader: Mgr. Kaňuchová Zuzana PhD.
Annotation:The Action addresses three basic questions that fascinate and intrigue scientists, and the general public alike, questions that are pivotal to our understanding and appreciation of our place in the universe. Where, when and how did life emerge and evolve on Earth? What are the conditions under which life can exist? Does life exist elsewhere in the Universe and, if it does, how can it be detected and identified? The Action has specifically excluded the search for intelligent extraterrestrial life in its portfolio. Creationist theorems are also outside the Action’s remit.
Duration: 15.5.2014 - 14.5.2018

Preparatory Phase for the European Solar Telescope.
Prípravná fáza pre Európsky slnečný ďalekohľad.
Program: Horizon 2020
Project leader: Mgr. Gömöry Peter PhD.
Annotation:The European Solar Telescope (EST) will be a revolutionary Research Infrastructure that will play a major role in answering key questions in modern Solar Physics. This 4-meter class solar telescope, to be located in the Canary Islands, will provide solar physicists with the most advanced state-of-the-art observing tools to transform our understanding of the complex phenomena that drive the solar magnetic activity. The principal objective of the present Preparatory Phase is to provide both the EST international consortium and the funding agencies with a detailed plan regarding the implementation of EST. The specific objectives of the proposed preparatory phase are: 1) to explore possible legal frameworks and related governance schemes that can be used by agencies to jointly establish, construct and operate EST as a new research infrastructure, with the implementation of an intermediate temporary organisational structure, as a previous step for future phases of the project; 2) to explore funding schemes and funding sources for EST, including a proposal of financial models to make possible the combination of direct financial and in-kind contributions towards the construction and operation of EST; 3) to compare the two possible sites for EST in the Canary Islands Astronomical Observatories and prepare final site agreements; 4) to engage funding agencies and policy makers for a long-term commitment which guarantees the construction and operation phases of the Telescope; 5) to involve industry in the design of EST key elements to the required level of definition and validation for their final production; 6) to enhance and intensify outreach activities and strategic links with national agencies and the user communities of EST.
Duration: 1.4.2017 - 31.3.2021

Per aspera ad astra simul (Throught difficulties to the stars together)
Spoločne cez prekážky ku hviezdam
Program: Multilateral - other
Project leader: RNDr. Budaj Ján CSc.
Duration: 1.9.2017 - 31.8.2020

Study of the ageing and rejuvenating processes affecting the small Solar system bodies. Experimental and theoretical approach.
Štúdium zvetrávania a rejuvenizačných processov pôsobicich na malých telesách Slnečnej sústavy. Experimentálny a teoretický prístup.
Program: Inter-academic agreement
Project leader: Mgr. Kaňuchová Zuzana PhD.
Duration: 1.1.2017 - 31.12.2018

The total number of projects: 7