Department of Complex Matter
Jamova cesta 39, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Dynamics of Quantum matter

We explore non-equilibrium many-body dynamics in quantum systems that experience symmetry-breaking, topological, or jamming transitions. These systems encompass superconductors, charge-density wave, and magnetic materials.

Experimental Soft Matter Physics

The research is conducted within the “Light and Matter” research program. The interaction of light with matter is one of the most important fields of physics and optical processes are indispensable in many branches of modern industry.

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February 6, 2024
The absence of efficient light modulators for extreme ultraviolet - EUV and X-ray photons considerably limits their real-life application, particularly when even slight complexity of the beam patterns is required. In ...

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Igor Vaskivskyi, Anze Mraz, Rok Venturini, Gregor Jecl, Yevhenii Vaskivskyi, Riccardo Mincigrucci, Laura Foglia, Dario De Angelis, Jacopo-Stefano Pelli-Cresi, Ettore Paltanin, Danny Fainozzi, Filippo Bencivenga, Claudio Masciovecchio & Dragan Mihailovic
A high-efficiency programmable modulator for extreme ultraviolet light with nanometre feature size based on an electronic phase transition

Nature Photonics (2024), DOI: 10.1038/s41566-024-01389-z, COBISS.SI-ID: 186100483

Anže Mraz, Michele Diego, Andrej Kranjec, Jaka Vodeb, Peter Karpov, Yaroslav Gerasimenko, Jan Ravnik, Yevhenii Vaskivskyi, Rok Venturini, Viktor V. Kabanov, Benjamin Lipovšek, Marko Topič, Igor Vaskivskyi, Dragan Mihailović
Manipulation of fractionalized charge in the metastable topologically entangled state of a doped Wigner crystal

Nature communications, vol. 14, article no. 8214 (2023), DOI: 10.1038/s41467-023-43800-3, COBISS.SI-ID: 179193091

Rok Venturini, Ankita Sarkar, Petra Šutar, Zvonko Jagličić, Igor Vaskivskyi, Evgeny A. Goreshnik, Dragan Mihailović, Tomaž Mertelj
Unconventional photoinduced charge density wave dynamics in 2H-NbSe[sub]2

Physical review. B., vol. 108, iss. 23, [article no.] 235160 (2023), DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.108.235160, COBISS.SI-ID: 178631939

Lotfi Saadaoui, Donghao Yang, Yu Wang, Faheem Hassan, Irena Drevenšek Olenik, Xinzheng Zhang, Zenghua Gan, Yigang Li, Jingjun Xu
Electrically tunable two-color cholesteric laser

Polymers, vol. 15, iss. 24, art. no. 4656 (2023), DOI: 10.3390/polym15244656, COBISS.SI-ID: 177366275

Ridvan Karapinar, Luka Cmok, Xinzheng Zhang, Irena Drevenšek Olenik
Optical manipulation of sessile droplets of nematic liquid crystalline materials on the surface of a photovoltaic crystal

Journal of optical microsystems, vol. 3, iss. 4 (2023), DOI: 10.1117/1.JOM.3.4.041209, COBISS.SI-ID: 176890371

Julian Maklar, Jit Sarkar, Yaroslav Gerasimenko, Dragan Mihailović, Laurenz Rettig
Coherent light control of a metastable hidden state

Science advances, vol. 9, iss. 47, [article no.] eadi466 (2023), DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.adi4661, COBISS.SI-ID: 174196995

Y. Ahmed, Alison Paul, Patricija Hribar Boštjančič, Alenka Mertelj, Darja Lisjak, Daniel Ząbek
Synthesis of barium hexaferrite nano-platelets for ethylene glycol ferrofluids

Journal of materials chemistry. C, Materials for optical and electronic devices, vol. 11, iss. 45 (2023), DOI: 10.1039/D3TC03833E, COBISS.SI-ID: 173219331

Aitor Erkoreka, Alenka Mertelj, Mingjun Huang, Satoshi Aya, Nerea Sebastián, Jesus Martinez-Perdiguero
Collective and non-collective molecular dynamics in a ferroelectric nematic liquid crystal studied by broadband dielectric spectroscopy

Journal of chemical physics, vol. 159, iss. 18, [article no.] 184502 (2023), DOI: 10.1063/5.0173813, COBISS.SI-ID: 172422659

Jan Ravnik, Yevhenii Vaskivskyi, Jaka Vodeb, Michele Diego, Rok Venturini, Yaroslav Gerasimenko, Viktor V. Kabanov, Andrej Kranjec, Dragan Mihailović
Chiral domain dynamics and transient interferences of mirrored superlattices in nonequilibrium electronic crystals

Scientific reports, vol. 13, article no. 19622 (2023), DOI: 10.1038/s41598-023-46659-y, COBISS.SI-ID: 171892995

Emil S. Božin, A. M. Milinda Abeykoon, Steven D. Conradson, Gianguido Baldinozzi, Petra Šutar, Dragan Mihailović
Crystallization of polarons through charge and spin ordering transitions in 1T-TaS[sub]2

Nature communications, vol. 14, article no. 7055 (2023), DOI: 10.1038/s41467-023-42631-6, COBISS.SI-ID: 170878979

S. Sobolev, Amon P. Lanz, Tao Dong, A. R. Pokharel, Viktor V. Kabanov, Jure Demšar
Possible eliashberg-type superconductivity enhancement effects in a two-band superconductor MgB[sub]2 driven by narrow-band THz pulses

Physical review letters online, vol. 131, iss. 18 (2023), DOI:, COBISS.SI-ID: 170646275

Dragan Mihailović
Insights into the polaron physics of high temperature superconductors from optical and time-domain spectroscopy

Physica. C, Superconductivity and its applications, vol. 615 (2023), DOI: 10.1016/j.physc.2023.1354385, COBISS.SI-ID: 170588419

Viktor V. Kabanov
Zeeman splitting in doped antiferromagnetic semiconductors

Physica. C, Superconductivity and its applications, vol. 615, [article no.] 1354383 (2023), DOI: 10.1016/j.physc.2023.1354383, COBISS.SI-ID: 170559491

Giacomo Jarc, Shahla Yasmin Mathengattil, Dragan Mihailović, Peter Prelovšek, Daniele Fausti
Cavity-mediated thermal control of metal-to-insulator transition in 1T-TaS[sub]2

Nature, vol. 622, iss. 7983 (2023), DOI: 10.1038/s41586-023-06596-2, COBISS.SI-ID: 169245443

Irina Piyanzina, Alexander Evseev, Kirill Evseev, Rinat F. Mamin, Oleg Nedopekin, Dmitrii Tayurskii, Viktor V. Kabanov
Advantages of ferroelectrics as a component of heterostructures for electronic purposes : a DFT insight

Materials, vol. 16, iss. 20, [article no.] 6672 (2023), DOI: 10.3390/ma16206672, COBISS.SI-ID: 168266499

Gaia Kravanja, Raphael Kriegl, Luka Hribar, Gašper Glavan, Irena Drevenšek Olenik, Mikhail Shamonin, Matija Jezeršek
Magnetically actuated surface microstructures for efficient transport and tunable separation of droplets and solids

Advanced engineering materials, vol. 25, iss. 22, art. no. 2301000 (2023), DOI: 10.1002/adem.202301000, COBISS.SI-ID: 167150595

Andrei Shumilin, Viktor V. Kabanov
Interface disorder as the cause for the kinetic Rashba-Edelstein effect and interface spin-Hall effect at a metal-insulator boundary

Physical review research, vol. 5, iss. 3, [article no.] 033215 (2023), DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevResearch.5.033215, COBISS.SI-ID: 165990659

Mojca Vilfan, Borut Lampret, Žiga Gregorin, Luka Cmok, Andrej Vilfan, Jürgen Klepp, Joachim Kohlbrecher, Patricija Hribar Boštjančič, Darja Lisjak, Alenka Mertelj
Spontaneous chiral symmetry breaking and lane formation in ferromagnetic ferrofluids

Small, vol. 19, iss. 52 (2023), DOI:, COBISS.SI-ID: 163350531

Neža Golmajer Zima, Nina Verdel, Matjaž Lukač, Boris Majaron
Objective monitoring of laser tattoo removal in human volunteers using an innovative optical technique : a proof of principle

Lasers in surgery and medicine, vol. 55, no. 8 (2023), DOI: 10.1002/lsm.23720, COBISS.SI-ID: 163247107

Jure Derganc, Špela Zemljič Jokhadar, Boris Majaron, Gašper Kokot
Locally induced shockwaves for selective perforation of cargo loaded lipid vesicles with temporal and spatial control

RSC advances, iss. 35 (2023), DOI: 10.1039/d3ra03988a, COBISS.SI-ID: 161977859

Patrizio Graziosi, Ilaria Bergenti, Lorenzo Vistoli, Viktor V. Kabanov, Valentin A. Dediu
Spin injection in the doped bad metal SrTiO[sub]3

Physical review research, vol. 5, [article no.] 033096 (2023), DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevResearch.5.033096, COBISS.SI-ID: 161359619

Aitor Erkoreka, Jesus Martinez-Perdiguero, Richard J. Mandle, Alenka Mertelj, Nerea Sebastián
Dielectric spectroscopy of a ferroelectric nematic liquid crystal and the effect of the sample thickness

Journal of molecular liquids, vol. 387, [article no.] 122566 (2023), DOI:, COBISS.SI-ID: 159569667

Andrey Kamashev, Zvonko Jagličić, Viktor V. Kabanov
Investigation of the features of a superconducting spin valve Fe1/Cu/Fe2/Cu/Pb on a piezoelectric PMN–PT substrate

Magnetism, vol. 3, 3 (2023), DOI:, COBISS.SI-ID: 158759939

Gašper Glavan, Inna A. Belyaeva, Irena Drevenšek Olenik, Mikhail Shamonin
Experimental study of longitudinal, transverse and volume strains of magnetoactive elastomeric cylinders in uniform magnetic fields

Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, vol. 579, art. no. 170826 (2023), DOI: 10.1016/j.jmmm.2023.170826, COBISS.SI-ID: 154216451