XIX Czech-Polish seminar

Structural and ferroelectric phase transitions

Telc, Czech Republic
May 24 – 28, 2010

The idea of regular scientific meetings of physicist involved in studies of ferroelectrics and phase transitions in Poland and Czechoslovakia followed inevitably from the success of first such event in Blazejewko in 1979. The Seminar was organized in collaborating of the Department of Dielectrics of the Institute of Physics of Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences and the Ferroelectric Lab of the Institute of Molecular Physics of Polish Academy of Sciences. The Seminars are an international forum for presentation of recent results, unconstrained discussions and initiating of joint studies. This conference series results not only in scientific integration but also in close cooperation and friendship.

We invite you cordially to the XIX Czech-Polish Seminar on Structural and Ferroelectric Phase Transitions on May 24 – 28, 2010 to a wonderful town of Telc, founded in 1090 and since 1992 belonging to the UNESCO's list of world cultural heritage sites.

History of the seminars

I.Blazejewko, Poland1979
II.Melnik, Czechoslovakia1980
III.Kolobrzeg, Poland1981
IV.Piesky, Czechoslovakia1982
V.Kozubnik, Poland1983
VI.Liberec, Czechoslovakia1984
VII.Karpacz, Poland1986
VIII.Senohraby, Czechoslovakia1988
IX.Poznan–Kiekrz, Poland1990
X.Paseky nad Jizerou, Czechoslovakia1992
XI.Paseky nad Jizerou, Czechoslovakia1994
XII.Jurata, Poland1996
XIII.Liblice, Czech Republic1998
XIV.Swinoujscie, Poland2000
XV.Nectiny, Czech Republic2002
XVI.Great Mazurian Lakes, Poland2004
XVII.Znojmo, Czech Republic2006
XVIII.Zakopane, Poland2008
XIX.Telc, Czech Republic2010

Scope and Programme

The scientific programme of the XIX Czech-Polish seminar will be focused on:

The official language of the conference will be English.


Monday, May 24
14:00Bus departure from Prague to Telc
16:00Arrival to Telc
16:00Conference desk starts – Registration – Mounting of ALL posters (PS 01 & PS 02)
18:00–18:40W. Kleemann
Magnetoelectricity in disordered multiferroics
19:00–20:00Dinner (menu) – Hotel Anton
20:00–24:00Welcome get together party (buffet) – Hotel Anton
Tuesday, May 25
7:30–9:00Breakfast (buffet)
9:10–9:50B. Dkhil
Multiferroic BiFeO3: A model system for competing tilt and polar instabilities in perovskites
9:50–10:30S. Kamba
Electromagnons, soft and hard phonons in multiferroics
10:30–11:00Coffee break
11:00–11:40J. Dec
Dielectric nonlinearity – a key feature of ferroelectric phase transitions
11:40–12:00I. Jankowska–Sumara
Pretransitional effect and intermediate phase in antiferroelectric PbZr1-xSnxO3 single crystals
12:00–12:20V. Zelezny
Soft mode spectroscopy of epitaxial BaTiO3/SrTiO3 superlattices
12:20–12:40O. Hudak
Dielectric susceptibility of nanoparticles in paraelectric phase: dependence on radius, frequency, temperature and damping
12:40–13:00J. Kroupa
Second harmonic conical refraction and quasi-phasematched noncollinear SHG in GUHP
13:00–15:00Lunch (menu) – Hotel Anton
15:00–15:40C. Pawlaczyk
Anhydrous protonic conductors for use as solid electrolytes
15:40–16:00A. Ostrowski
EPR and impedance spectroscopy studies of superprotonic–ferroelastic phase transitions in M3H(XO4)2, where: M = NH4, K, Rb; X = S, Se
16:00–16:20R. Swietlik
Anion ordering transitions in paramagnetic organometallic radical cation salts [Cp2Mo(dmit)]X (X = PF6, SbF6) studied by IR and Raman spectroscopy
16:20–17:00Coffee break
16:20–18:45Poster Session I
19:00–20:00Dinner (menu) – Hotel Anton
Wednesday, May 26
7:30–9:00Breakfast (buffet)
9:00–9:40K. Roleder
Spontaneously broken local symmetry
9:40–10:00P. Marton
Atomistic approaches in the multi-scale simulation chain for study of ferroelectric PbTiO3
10:00–10:20B. Rozic
Giant electrocaloric effect in polymeric and inorganic ferroelectric relaxor systems
10:20–10:40A. Levstik
Magnetoelectric relaxor 0.8Pb(Fe1/2Nb1/2)O3 – 0.2Pb(Mg1/2W1/2)O3 and Burns temperature in ferroelectric relaxors
10:40–11:10Coffee break
11:10–11:50W. Kuczynski
Viscoelastic properties of tilted smectic liquid crystals
11:50–12:10S. Urban
Phase behavior of four homologous compounds of 4–alkyl–4'–isothiocyanatobiphenyl (nBT) under pressure
12:10–12:30A. Emelyanenko
Evolution of ferroelectric, antiferroelectric and ferrielectric smectic phases in the electric field
12:30–12:50V. Domenici
NMR studies of ferroelectric liquid crystals
13:00–15:00Lunch (menu) – Hotel Anton
15:00–15:40V. Novotna
Re-entrancy of smectic A below the ferroelectric SmC* phase
15:40–16:00K. K. Raina
Morphological and dielectric behaviour of composite materials: ferroelectric liquid crystal doped with CNT
16:00–16:20P. Perkowski
How to determine the limits of using Afn function for extracting high frequency losses in ITO cell?
16:20–16:40K. Fodor–Csorba
Bent-core liquid crystals with asymmetric structure
16:40–17:10Coffee break
16:40–18:50Poster Session II
19:00–20:00Dinner (menu) – Hotel Anton
Thursday, May 27
7:30–9:00Breakfast (buffet)
9:00–9:40I. M. Reaney
Intermediate phases in perovskite solid solutionss
9:40–10:20W. S. Chang
Synchrotron X-ray diffraction study of PZN–PT single crystals
10:20–10:40E. Buixaderas
Effect of doping on the dielectric response of soft and hard PbZrxTiyO3
10:40–11:10Coffee break
11:10–11:30M. Kempa
Dielectric, magnetic and microwave studies of the new “multiferroics” PFW–PZT
11:30–11:50J. A. Moreira
Coupling between spins and phonons in orthorhombic Eu1-xYxMnO3
11:50–12:10I. Sterianou
Investigation of co-doped BiFeO3 ceramics
12:10–12:30V. Goian
Strain induced ferroelectricity in antiferromagnetic EuTiO3 thin films
12:40–13:50Lunch (menu) – Hotel Anton
17:00–17:40T. Ostapchuk
Critical dynamics of ferroelectric phase transitions in BaxSr1-xTiO3 ceramics
17:40–18:00J.–H. Jeon
Hydrothermal synthesis and post heat-treatment of (K,Na)NbO3 powders
18:00–18:20M. Galaska
An influence of the order parameters coupling and of the plane of measurements on the Curie–Weiss constants ratio
18:20–18:40M. Wojtas
Ferroelectric switching in MAPBB single crystal
19:30–24:00Conference dinner – Hotel Anton
Friday, May 28
7:30–9:00Breakfast (buffet)
9:00–9:40P. Kuzel
Tunable dielectric metamaterials for the terahertz range
9:40–10:00H. Nemec
Ultrafast electronic response of semiconductor nanostructures studied by time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy
10:00–10:20M. Berta
Near-field terahertz imaging of ferroelectric domains in BaTiO3
10:20–10:40V. Skoromets
Electric field tuning of hard modes in strained SrTiO3 films
10:40–11:10Coffee break
11:10–11:30P. Zielinski
Surface waves and surface resonances in materials of complex structures and geometries
11:30–12:10W. Schranz
Length scale of cooperativity in glasses measured by DMA
12:20–13:00Lunch (take away pack)
13:30Bus departure to Prague)

A summary of the event has been given in the paper XIX CZECH–POLISH SEMINAR (W. Piecek, Liquid Crystals Today 20, pp. 28–30, January 2011, Taylor & Francis Ltd., reprinted by permission of the publisher).


The organizers would like to thank all the participants who have registered for the XIX Czech–Polish seminar.

Number of registered participants and submitted abstracts per day.


Information for authors


The organizers would like to thank the participants for their contributions. The abstracts are now being processed.

Instructions for speakers

There will be two types of oral presentations - long oral (40 minutes including discussion) and short oral (20 minutes including discussion). Standard facilities are available for oral presentations:

For your presentation, you can use either your own notebook or the conference one. If you intend to use the conference notebook, please give us your presentation file well in advance - you can use a storage medium (USB flash disk, CD ROM) or our upload form (the same form you have used for sending the abstract). On the conference notebook, the following presentation file formats are supported:

Details for poster presentations

The poster boards are 100 cm wide and 120 cm high. Please do not use self-adhesive tapes or Velcro which will not work. Pins will be available on site.

There will be two poster sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Authors of the posters with odd numbers are kindly asked to be around their posters during Poster session I on Tuesday, May 25. Authors of the posters with even numbers are kindly asked to be around their posters during Poster Session II on Wednesday, May 26.

All participants presenting posters are kindly asked to mount their posters on Monday, May 24 after dinner (from 16:00). The posters should be cleaned up after the poster sessions on Thursday morning, May 27.


The authors of accepted abstracts are invited to publish their contributions in a special issue of  Phase Transitions. The Guest Editors of this special issue are

Each author will be informed about the Guest Editor of her/his contribution during the meeting. In addition to the e-version on CD, two identical hard copies of doubly spaced manuscript should be submitted at the registration desk in Telc on Monday, May 24th. Later manuscripts will not be accepted. The standard length of the doubly spaced manuscripts is up to 20 pages, including references and estimated space for tables and figures. For the instructions of publishing in PT see:


The reference style can be found at:


To speed up publishing in Phase Transitions, the referees will be asked to prepare their reports during the Meeting or exceptionally sent by e-mail to his/her Guest Editor before June 5. To ensure a rapid publication during autumn 2010, the deadline for final submission of the revised manuscripts by e-mail to the corresponding Guest Editor is the end of June. Guest Editors will then send all their final manuscripts electronically to Krystian Roleder.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to write to .



Program committee

Organizing committee


Important Deadlines

2nd circular:  February 15, 2010
Registration:  March 30, 2010
Abstract submission:  March 30, 2010
Acceptance of contributions:  April 15, 2010
Payment by bank transfer:  April 30, 2010
Conference:  May 24 – 28, 2010


The venue of XIX Czech-Polish seminar will be Telc, Czech Republic.

The symposium will be held in the Hotel Anton, Slavatovska street 92, 588 56 Telc.

Telc square (Courtesy of VirtualCzech.cz)

Town of Telc

Telc is one of the most appealing towns in the Czech Republic, famous for its 16th-century Renaissance architecture. The remarkable town square will create an instant fairytale impression with its shaped façades, covered arcades and walkways, surrounded on three sides by medieval fish ponds. Walking across the narrow stone bridges and through the imposing gates is like time-travelling through the centuries. Since 1992, the town of Telc has been registered on the UNESCO's List of World Cultural Heritage sites.


According to the legend, the foundation of Telc is connected with the victory of the Moravian duke Otto II over the Czech duke Bretislav in 1099, who established there a chapel and later a church and community called Old Town today. In 14th century it became a royal stronghold, as a water fort with an important position on crossroads of busy merchant routes between Bohemia, Moravia and Austria. Jindrich of Hradec started foundation of a new Telc around 1340, Menhart of Hradec built the castle, church, water fortification and Gothic houses around the large marketplace. The town was granted the right to hold annual markets by Charles IV, but later it suffered from fire (1386) and Hussites rebellion (1423). The recovery of the town took quite a long time. In the 15 century, the town was awarded additional privileges (fairs, brewing and sale of salt) and the rich nobleman Zacharias of Hradec took over the Telc estate. He organised the renovation of the Gothic castle and building a new palace in Renaissance style (Italian architect Baldassare Maggi of Arogno), built the hospital, water mains and new ponds and trades, but died without male offspring. The last lady of the family brought her husband, Vilem Slavata (victim of the famous 2nd Prague Defenestration, marking the outbreak of the 30-years’ war) to the Telc estate. In 1645 the region suffered quite seriously from Swedish occupation. After the 30-years’ war the owner Countess of Meggau invited Jesuits to built a college (1655), a new church of the Name of Jesus (1667), hostel of St. Angels, cemetery at Podolí (1676), Jesuit Latin Grammar School, pharmacy and a meteorological centre. Since 1762, Telc estate was managed by the family Podstatsky-Lichtensteins until 1945, when the last members of the family were expelled to Austria. In 1773 rights of the Jesuit Order were cancelled (reform of the Emperor Joseph II) and later also the Grammar School (germanisation), church of the Holy Spirit and some other chapels. In 19th century begun the industrialization (cloth factory with up to 600 employees) and later a Czech national revival with several associations (Civic Beseda, Omladina, Sokol, National Unity). In 1898 the first railway was constructed, also to Austria. However, the inner town has always kept its beautiful charm of the 15th century.

Telc centre

The houses on the main square in the Old Town today are mainly in combination of the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque style. The former Jesuit hostel (No. 2) from 1655 is now a University centre. The Jesuit Latin Grammar School (No. 3) from 1774 is still a school. The Town Hall (No. 10) from 1574, partially in Gothic style with an architectural rarity – pilasters pass without interruption from the pillars right through to the height to the ledge capital. Town house (No. 15) has a sgraffito on Biblical motives, restored in 1952. House No 48 was rebuilt in Baroque style. Renaissance houses Nos. 54 and 55 have the attic floor and dented battlement with sgraffito. No. 57 is a renaissance house with Baroque front with sculpture decoration by Kaspar Ober. No. 59 is a most typical Baroque house with practically cut chasuble attic window. The house No. 61 from 1532 has a sgraffito showing the leaders of Old Testament fights.

Nowadays, visiting the Telc Chateau is also highly recommended (Renaissance halls with beautiful wooden panel ceilings, Knight Hall with Renaissance jewel box, Blue Hall, Golden Hall), Gallery of the famous painter Jan Zrzavy).

To get an impression about the historical town of Telc, you can try a Virtual reality tour.


Telc is located in an upland area of extraordinary nature values. The hilly countryside attracts by its simple beauty enhanced by little woods, rock formations, numerous ponds and flooded quarries. The area is a home of rare animal and plant species. Ponds, undulated countryside and typical village architecture make up a unique composition with the town. Lovers of hiking will appreciate number of marked paths.

Hotel Anton

Hotel Anton

The hotel Anton, in which our seminar takes place, was originally a cooperative distillery (Lihovar) from the 16th century, where the spirits were fermented from potatoes. Later it became a part of the Telc estate and even after nationalization in 1945 it became a part of the organization for the manufacture of the potato-derived spirits, later also slivovitz and brandy. In 1977 a reconstruction was started which was, however, never finished and the building decayed until 1995, when the Anton family bought the ruin, in fact designated for demolition. They organized a comprehensive reconstruction with the aim of constructing a fully accessible hotel complex (architect M. Klang) while preserving its original features (see the restaurant, conference and recreation areas, and the accommodation facilities). The Red Salon is in the oldest part of the building with original vaulted ceiling and thick stone walls, built in a style of wine cellar and a direct access to Atrium. The Conference Hall is equipped with modern conference facilities; however, it can be used also for meetings or leisure purposes.

Hotel Anton


Address for correspondence

Dr. Vladimira Novotna
Institute of Physics, ASCR
Na Slovance 2, 182 21 Prague 8, Czech Republic
Tel.: +420 2 66052134
Fax: +420 2 86890527
web site: http://palata.fzu.cz/cpsem/


Jan Pokorny
The University of Sheffield
Department of Engineering Materials
Sir Robert Hadfield Building
Mappin Street, Sheffield S1 3JD, UK Tel.: +44 114 2225504
web site: http://palata.fzu.cz/cpsem/