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HUN-REN Wigner Research Centre for Physics

The HUN-REN Wigner Research Centre for Physics is one of the most highly staffed research centres of the research network. Its mission is to conduct exploratory research in various fields of physics in Hungarian laboratories, at research sites located both in Hungary and abroad, and to coordinate Hungarian efforts in international projects. Another important aim is to provide theoretical explanations for experimental results, and to discover new phenomena. HUN-REN Wigner RCP has outstanding results in all these fields.

The priority research fields are as follows: particle physics, nuclear physics, general theory of relativity, gravity, space physics, solid-state physics, statistical physics, atomic and molecular physics, classic and quantum optics, laser physics, laser-in­duced fusion, quantum technology, quantum information technology, and a number of fields in the computation sciences, including computational neuroscience, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. Since 2013, HUN-REN Wigner RCP has been the home of the world-class Wigner Datacenter.

The history of the HUN-REN Wigner RCP dates back several decades. Its predecessor was the Central Research Institute for Physics (KFKI) founded in 1950, which was replaced by HUN-REN Wigner RCP and the HUN-REN Centre for Energy Research.


  • Institute for Particle and Nuclear Physics
  • Research Institute for Solid State Physics and Optics