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

Small, vol. 19, iss. 52 (2023), DOI: 10.1002/smll.202304387, COBISS.SI-ID: 163350531

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Polarization patterning in ferroelectric nematic liquids via flexoelectric coupling
Nerea Sebastián, Matija Lovšin, Brecht Berteloot, Natan Osterman, Andrej Petelin, Richard J. Mandle, Satoshi Aya, Mingjun Huang, Irena Drevenšek Olenik, Kristiaan Neyts, Alenka Mertelj

Nature communications, vol. 14 (2023), DOI: 10.1038/s41467-023-38749-2, COBISS.SI-ID: 154085635

Optical vortex induced spatio-temporally modulated superconductivity in a high-T[sub]c cuprate
Yasunori Toda, Satoshi Tsuchiya, Keisaku Yamane, Ryuji Morita, Migaku Oda, Tohru Kurosawa, Tomaž Mertelj, Dragan Mihailović

Optics express, vol 31, iss. 11 (2023), DOI: 10.1364/OE.487041, COBISS.SI-ID: 151751939

Role of ionic surfactant in magnetic dynamics of self-assembled dispersions of nanoplatelets
Hajnalka Nádasi, Melvin Küster, Alenka Mertelj, Nerea Sebastián, Patricija Hribar Boštjančič, Darja Lisjak, Frank Ludwig

Journal of molecular liquids, vol. 382, [article no.] 121900 (2023), DOI: 10.1016/j.molliq.2023.121900, COBISS.SI-ID: 151737603

Dynamically tunable lamellar surface structures from magnetoactive elastomers driven by a uniform magnetic field
Izidor Straus, Gašper Kokot, Gaia Kravanja, Luka Hribar, Raphael Kriegl, Mikhail Shamonin, Matija Jezeršek, Irena Drevenšek Olenik

Soft matter, vol. 19, iss. 18 (2023), DOI: 10.1039/D3SM00012E, COBISS.SI-ID: 149684995

Tunable topological lasing of circularly polarized light in a soft-matter-based superlattice
Yu Wang, Donghao Yang, Shaohua Gao, Xinzheng Zhang, Irena Drevenšek Olenik, Qiang Wu, Marouen Chemingui, Zhigang Chen, Jingjun Xu

Laser & photonics reviews, vol. 17, iss. 7, art. no. 220643 (2023), DOI: 10.1002/lpor.202200643, COBISS.SI-ID: 145383171

Control of droplet impact through magnetic actuation of surface microstructures
Matija Jezeršek, Raphael Kriegl, Gaia Kravanja, Luka Hribar, Irena Drevenšek Olenik, Heiko Unold, Mikhail Shamonin

Advanced materials interfaces, vol. 10, art. no. 2202471 (2023), DOI: 10.1002/admi.202202471, COBISS.SI-ID: 145255427

Dual-wavelength lasing with orthogonal circular polarizations generated in a single layer of a polymer–cholesteric liquid crystal superstructure
Donghao Yang, Marouen Chemingui, Yu Wang, Xinzheng Zhang, Irena Drevenšek Olenik, Faheem Hassan, Qiang Wu, Yigang Li, Lotfi Saadaoui, Jingjun Xu

Polymers, vol. 15, art. no. 1226 (2023), DOI: 10.3390/polym15051226, COBISS.SI-ID: 143593475

Optical switching of bent-core liquid crystals with azocinnamoyl units
Luka Cmok, Simon Mattiazzi, Irena Drevenšek Olenik, Nerea Sebastián, Kristina Gak Simić, Nemanja Trišović, Mojca Vilfan

Liquid crystals, vol. 50, iss. 7/10 (2023), DOI: 10.1080/02678292.2023.2179120, COBISS.SI-ID: 142935299

Fabrication of high-aspect ratio nanogratings for phase-based X-ray imaging
Martyna Michalska, Alessandro Rossi, Gašper Kokot, Callum M. Macdonald, Silvia Cipiccia, Peter R.T. Munro, Alessandro Olivo, Ioannis Papakonstantinou

Advanced functional materials, vol. 33, iss. 16, [article no.] 2212660 (2023), DOI: 10.1002/adfm.202212660, COBISS.SI-ID: 140183555

Boosting the performance of quantum annealers using machine learning
Jure Brence, Dragan Mihailović, Viktor V. Kabanov, Ljupčo Todorovski, Sašo Džeroski, Jaka Vodeb

Quantum machine intelligence, vol. 5, iss. 1, article no. 4 (2023), DOI: 10.1007/s42484-022-00092-y, COBISS.SI-ID: 138944003

Saturation magnetisation as an indicator of the disintegration of barium hexaferrite nanoplatelets during the surface functionalisation
Darja Lisjak, Iztok Arčon, Matic Poberžnik, Gabriela Herrero‑Saboya, Ali Tufani, Andraž Mavrič, Matjaž Valant, Patricija Hribar Boštjančič, Alenka Mertelj, Darko Makovec, Layla Martin‑Samos

Scientific reports, vol. 13 (2023), DOI: 10.1038/s41598-023-28431-4, COBISS.SI-ID: 138678531

Lattice vibrational modes in changchengite from Raman spectroscopy and first principles electronic structure
Banhi Chatterjee, Damjan Vengust, Aleš Mrzel, Petra Šutar, Evgeny A. Goreshnik, Jernej Mravlje, Tomaž Mertelj

Journal of Raman spectroscopy, vol. 54, no. 4 (2023), DOI: 10.1002/jrs.6491, COBISS.SI-ID: 137887235

DNMR measurements of an asymmetric odd liquid crystal dimer : determination of the intramolecular angle and the degree of order of the two rigid cores
Nerea Sebastián, Blaž Zupančič, Boštjan Zalar, David Orencio López, Sergio Diez-Berart

PCCP. Physical chemistry chemical physics : incorporating Faraday transactions, vol. 25, iss. 3 (2023), DOI: 10.1039/D2CP02696A, COBISS.SI-ID: 137714691

Light-induced dynamics of liquid-crystalline droplets on the surface of iron-doped lithium niobate crystals
Anej Sterle, Luka Cmok, Nerea Sebastián, Alenka Mertelj, Yongfa Kong, Xinzheng Zhang, Irena Drevenšek Olenik

Optical materials express, vol. 13, iss. 1 (2023), DOI: 10.1364/OME.477717, COBISS.SI-ID: 135276803

Ultrafast modification of the electronic structure of a correlated insulator
O. Grånäs, I. Vaskivskyi, X. Wang, P. Thunström, S. Ghimire, R. Knut, J. Söderström, L. Kjellsson, D. Turenne, R. Y. Engel, M. Beye, J. Lu, D. J. Higley, A. H. Reid, W. Schlotter, G. Coslovich, M. Hoffmann, G. Kolesov, C. Schüßler-Langeheine, A. Styervoyedov, N. Tancogne-Dejean, M. A. Sentef, D. A. Reis, A. Rubio, S. S. P. Parkin, O. Karis, J.-E. Rubensson, O. Eriksson, H. A. Dürr

Physical review research, vol. 4, no. 3 (2022), DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevResearch.4.L032030, COBISS.SI-ID: 143281411

Ultraefficient resistance switching between charge ordered phases in 1T-TaS[sub]2 with a single picosecond electrical pulse
Rok Venturini, Anže Mraz, Igor Vaskivskyi, Yevhenii Vaskivskyi, Damjan Svetin, Tomaž Mertelj, Leon Pavlovič, Sudhir B. Trivedi, Roman Sobolewski, Dragan Mihailović

Applied physics letters, vol. 120, iss. 25, [article no.] 253510 (2022), DOI: 10.1063/5.0096850, COBISS.SI-ID: 137818883

DFT insight into conductive and magnetic properties of heterostructures with BaTiO [sub] 3 overlayer
Alina Zagidullina, Irina Piyanzina, Zvonko Jagličić, Viktor V. Kabanov, Rinat F. Mamin

Materials, vol. 15, iss. 23 (2022), DOI: 10.3390/ma15238334, COBISS.SI-ID: 134315011