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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November 24, 2023
Active control of quantum materials is highly desirable for a wide range of applications. Metastable hidden states, such as the one discovered a few years ago by researchers at the Department of complex matter at the ...

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R. S. Malik, E. K. Delczeg-Czirjak, R. Knut, D. Thonig, I. Vaskivskyi, D. Phuyal, R. Gupta, S. Jana, R. Stefanuik, Y. O. Kvashnin, S. Husain, A. Kumar, P. Svedlindh, J. Söderström, O. Eriksson, and O. Karis
Ultrafast magnetization dynamics in the half-metallic Heusler alloy Co[sub]2FeAl

Physical review. B, vol. 104, no. 10 (2021), DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.104.L100408, COBISS.SI-ID: 83475971

Jelena Papan, Patricija Hribar Boštjančič, Alenka Mertelj, Darja Lisjak
Preparation of barium-hexaferrite/gold Janus nanoplatelets using the pickering emulsion method

Nanomaterials, vol. 11, no. 11 (2021), DOI: 10.3390/nano11112797, COBISS.SI-ID: 81961219

Yasunori Toda, Satoshi Tsuchiya, Migaku Oda, T. Kurosawa, S. Katsumata, Mimoza Naseska, Tomaž Mertelj, Dragan Mihailović
Ultrafast transient reflectivity measurements of optimally doped Bi[sub](2+x) Sr[sub](2-x) CaCu[sub]2 O[sub](8 +(delta) with disorder

Physical review. B, vol. 104, no. 9 (2021), DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.104.094507, COBISS.SI-ID: 77929219

Mimoza Naseska, Petra Šutar, Yevhenii Vaskivskyi, Igor Vaskivskyi, Damjan Vengust, Damjan Svetin, Viktor V. Kabanov, Dragan Mihailović, Tomaž Mertelj
First-order kinetics bottleneck during photoinduced ultrafast insulator%metal transition in 3D orbitally-driven Peierls insulator CuIr[sub]2S[sub]4

New journal of physics, vol. 23 (2021), DOI: 10.1088/1367-2630/abf86d, COBISS.SI-ID: 77920003

Satoshi Tsuchiya, Hiromi Taniguchi, J. Yamada, Yasunori Toda, Dragan Mihailović, Tomaž Mertelj
Ultrafast dynamics of Mott-state quench and formation in strongly correlated BEDT-TTF molecular conductors observed by three-pulse pump probe spectroscopy

Physical review. B, vol. 104, no. 11 (2021), DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.104.115152, COBISS.SI-ID: 77907459

Živa Marinko, Luka Suhadolnik, Barbara Šetina, Vid Simon Šelih, Boris Majaron, Janez Kovač, Miran Čeh
Toward a flexible and efficient TiO[sub]2 photocatalyst immobilized on a titanium foil

ACS omega, vol. 6, no. 36 (2021), DOI: 10.1021/acsomega.1c02862, COBISS.SI-ID: 74404099

Nerea Sebastián, Richard J. Mandle, Andrej Petelin, Alexey Eremin, Alenka Mertelj
Electrooptics of mm-scale polar domains in the ferroelectric nematic phase

Liquid crystals, vol. 48, iss. 14 (2021), DOI: 10.1080/02678292.2021.1955417, COBISS.SI-ID: 73124867

Richard J. Mandle, Nerea Sebastián, Jesus Martinez-Perdiguero, Alenka Mertelj
On the molecular origins of the ferroelectric splay nematic phase

Nature communications, vol. 12 (2021), DOI: 10.1038/s41467-021-25231-0, COBISS.SI-ID: 73122307

Igor Vaskivskyi, Rameez Saeed Malik, Leandro Salemi, Diego Turenne, Ronny Knut, Jeffrey Brock, Robert Stefanuik, Johan Söderström, Karel Carva, Eric E. Fullerton, Peter M. Oppeneer, Olof Karis, and Hermann A. Dürr
Element-specific magnetization dynamics in Co-Pt alloys Induced by strong optical excitation

The journal of physical chemistry. C, Nanomaterials and interfaces, vol. 125, no. 21 (2021), DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.1c02311, COBISS.SI-ID: 71606787

Dejan Bošnjaković, Mathias Fleisch, Xinzheng Zhang, Irena Drevenšek Olenik
Electrically tuneable optical diffraction gratings based on a polymer scaffold filled with a nematic liquid crystal

Polymers, vol. 13, art. no. 2292 (2021), DOI: 10.3390/polym13142292, COBISS.SI-ID: 71504131

Renyun Zhang, Magnus Hummelgård, Jonas Örtegren, Martin Olsen, Henrik Andersson, Ya Yang, Zhong-Lin Wang, Håkan Olin, Petra Šutar, Dragan Mihailović
All-inorganic triboelectric nanogenerators based onMo[sub]6S[sub]3I[sub]6 and indium tin oxide

Nano energy, vol. 89 (2021), DOI: 10.1016/j.nanoen.2021.106363, COBISS.SI-ID: 71502595

Daniel Ząbek, Andrzej Grzebielec, Luka Cmok, Patricija Hribar Boštjančič, Alenka Mertelj
Experimental analysis of the stability of ferrofluids based on Iron Oxide powder

Inżynieria Bezpieczeństwa Obiektów Antropogenicznych, vol. 2 (2021), DOI: 10.37105/iboa.108, COBISS.SI-ID: 70893571

Venkata D. B. C. Dasireddy, Damjan Vengust, Blaž Likozar, Janez Kovač, Aleš Mrzel
Production of syngas by CO[sub]2 reduction through Reverse Water-Gas Shift (RWGS) over catalytically-active molybdenum-based carbide, nitride and composite nanowires

Renewable energy, vol. 176 (2021), DOI: 10.1016/j.renene.2021.05.051, COBISS.SI-ID: 70734595

Jan Ravnik, Yevhenii Vaskivskyi, Jaka Vodeb, Polona Aupič, Igor Vaskivskyi, Denis Golež, Yaroslav Gerasimenko, Viktor V. Kabanov, Dragan Mihailović
Quantum billiards with correlated electrons confined in triangular transition metal dichalcogenide monolayer nanostructures

Nature communications, vol. 12, no. 1 (2021), DOI: 10.1038/s41467-021-24073-0, COBISS.SI-ID: 69789955

Dragan Mihailović, Damjan Svetin, Igor Vaskivskyi, Rok Venturini, Benjamin Lipovšek, Anže Mraz
Ultrafast non-thermal and thermal switching in charge configuration memory devices based on 1T-TaS[sub]2

Applied physics letters, vol. 119 (2021), DOI: 10.1063/5.0052311, COBISS.SI-ID: 69786371

D. Duffy, Luka Cmok, John Biggins, A. Krishna, C. D. Modes, M. K. Abdelrahman,, M. Javed, T. H. Ware, Feng Fang, Mark Warner
Shape programming lines of concentrated Gaussian curvature

Journal of applied physics, vol. 129, no. 22 (2021), DOI: 10.1063/5.0044158, COBISS.SI-ID: 67882499

Matjaž Ličen, Stefano Masiero, Silvia Pieraccini, Irena Drevenšek Olenik
Reversible photoisomerization in thin surface films from azo-functionalized guanosine derivatives

ACS omega, vol. 6, iss. 23 (2021), DOI: 10.1021/acsomega.1c01879, COBISS.SI-ID: 66162179

Jan Ravnik, Michele Diego, Yaroslav Gerasimenko, Yevhenii Vaskivskyi, Igor Vaskivskyi, Tomaž Mertelj, Jaka Vodeb, Dragan Mihailović
A time-domain phase diagram of metastable statesin a charge ordered quantum material

Nature communications, vol. 12 (2021), DOI: 10.1038/s41467-021-22646-7, COBISS.SI-ID: 62665219

Gaia Kravanja, Inna A. Belyaeva, Luka Hribar, Irena Drevenšek Olenik, Matija Jezeršek, Mikhail Shamonin
Tunable drop splashing on magnetoactive elastomers

Advanced materials interfaces, vol. 8, iss. 11 (2021), DOI: 10.1002/admi.202100235, COBISS.SI-ID: 62237187

Melani Potrč, Nerea Sebastián, Miha Škarabot, Irena Drevenšek Olenik, Lea Spindler
Supramolecular polymorphism of (G[sub]4C[sub]2)[sub]n repeats associated with ALS and FTD

International journal of molecular sciences, vol. 22, art. no. 4532 (2021), DOI: 10.3390/ijms22094532, COBISS.SI-ID: 61441027

Maša Vozlič, Tina Černič, Sašo Gyergyek, Boris Majaron, Maja Ponikvar-Svet, Uliana Kostiv, Daniel Horák, Darja Lisjak
Formation of phosphonate coatings for the improved chemical stability of upconverting nanoparticles under physiological conditions

Dalton transactions, vol. 50, no. 19 (2021), DOI: 10.1039/D1DT00304F, COBISS.SI-ID: 59908867

Luka Cmok, Mojca Vilfan, Sašo Gyergyek, Martin Čopič
Magnetic polydomain liquid crystal elastomers - synthesis and characterisation

Liquid crystals, vol. 48, iss. 13 (2021), DOI: 10.1080/02678292.2021.1901149, COBISS.SI-ID: 57620995

A. R. Pokharel, S. Y. Agustsson, Viktor V. Kabanov, F. Iga, T. Takabatake, H. Okamura, Jure Demšar
Robust hybridization gap in the Kondo insulator YbB[sub](12) probed by femtosecond optical spectroscopy

Physical review. B, vol. 103, vol. 11 (2021), DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.103.115134, COBISS.SI-ID: 56601091

Uroš Puc, Tobias Bach, Peter Günter, Marko Zgonik, Mojca Jazbinšek
Ultra-broadband and high-dynamic-range THz time-domain spectroscopy system based on organic crystal emitter and detector in transmission and reflection geometry

Advanced photonics research, vol. 2, art. no. 2000098 (2021), DOI: 10.1002/adpr.202000098, COBISS.SI-ID: 52353283