The Wigner Research Centre for Physics is one of the most highly staffed research centers of the ELKH. 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. The Wigner Centre 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, the Wigner Centre has been the home of the world-class Wigner Datacenter.

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


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


Director General: Dr. Péter József Lévai