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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May 14, 2024
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A time-domain phase diagram of metastable statesin a charge ordered quantum material
Jan Ravnik, Michele Diego, Yaroslav Gerasimenko, Yevhenii Vaskivskyi, Igor Vaskivskyi, Tomaž Mertelj, Jaka Vodeb, Dragan Mihailović

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes as protective monolayer coatings against the high-temperature corrosion of concentrating solar power absorber surfaces
Luka Noč, Matjaž Ličen, Irena Drevenšek Olenik, Raghuraj S. Chouhan, Janez Kovač, Daniel Mandler, Ivan Jerman

Solar energy materials and solar cells, vol. 223 (2021), DOI: 10.1016/j.solmat.2021.110984, COBISS.SI-ID: 48793091

Proof-of-concept experiment of microfluidic flow sensor based on microcavity-secondary-flow observation
Nika Mlinarič, Natan Osterman

IEEE sensors journal, vol. 21, iss. 5 (2021), DOI: 10.1109/JSEN.2020.3041792, COBISS.SI-ID: 47151875

Noninvasive monitoring of dynamical processes in bruised human skin using diffuse reflectance spectroscopy and pulsed photothermal radiometry
Ana Marin, Nina Verdel, Matija Milanič, Boris Majaron

Sensors, vol. 21, no. 1 (2021), DOI: 10.3390/s21010302, COBISS.SI-ID: 45594371

Tailoring vanadium dioxide film orientation using nanosheets : a combined microscopy, diffraction, transport, and soft X-ray in transmission study
Phu Tran Phong Le, Gertjan Koster, Igor Vaskivskyi

Advanced functional materials, vol. 30, no. 1 (2020), DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201900028, COBISS.SI-ID: 45774851

Nonadiabatic coupling of the dynamical structure to the superconductivity in YSr[sub]2Cur[sub](2.75)Mor[sub](0.25)O(7.54) and Srr[sub]2CurOr[sub](3.3)
Steven D. Conradson, Venera Nasretdinova

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 102, iss. 5 (2020), DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2018336117, COBISS.SI-ID: 43427587

Structural transformations in solid and liquid n-butanol from FTIR spectroscopy
Iryna Doroshenko, Yevhenii Vaskivskyi, Yelyzaveta Chernolevska

Molecular crystals and liquid crystals, vol. 697, no. 1 (2020), DOI: 10.1080/15421406.2020.1731098, COBISS.SI-ID: 38288899

Molecular isomerization in n-propanol dimers
Iryna Doroshenko, Yevhenii Vaskivskyi, Yelyzaveta Chernolevska, L. Meyliev, B. Kuyliev

Ukrainian journal of physics = Ukraïnsʹkij fìzičnij žurnal, vol. 65, no. 4 (2020), DOI: 10.15407/ujpe65.4.291, COBISS.SI-ID: 38284035

Silica aerogels as hosting matrices for WS[sub]2 nanotubes and their optical characterization
Anastasiya Sedova, Bojana Višić, Daniele Vella, Victor Vega Mayoral, Christoph Gadermaier, Hanna Dodiuk, Samuel Kenig, Reshef Tenne, Raz Gvishi, Galit Bar

Journal of Materials Science, vol. 55 (2020), DOI: 10.1007/s10853-020-04562-1, COBISS.SI-ID: 33316391

Acrylate-based hybrid sol-gel coating for corrosion protection of AA7075-T6 in aircraft applications : the effect of copolymerization time
Peter Rodič, Romana Cerc Korošec, Barbara Kapun, Alenka Mertelj, Ingrid Milošev

Polymers, vol. 12, no. 4 (2020), DOI: 10.3390/polym12040948, COBISS.SI-ID: 33305639

Magnetically tunable liquid crystal-based optical diffraction gratings
Dejan Bošnjaković, Nerea Sebastián, Irena Drevenšek Olenik

Polymers, vol. 12, art. no. 2355 (2020), DOI: 10.3390/polym12102355, COBISS.SI-ID: 33286147

Local lattice distortions and dynamics in extremely overdoped superconducting YSr[sub]2Cu[sub](2.75)Mo[sub](0.25)O[sub](7.54)
Steven D. Conradson

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 102, iss. 5 (2020), DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1918704117, COBISS.SI-ID: 33236775

Local structure of Sr[sub]2Cu[sub]O[sub](3.3), a 95 K cuprate superconductor without CuO[sub]2 planes
Steven D. Conradson, Theodore H. Geballe, Changqing Jin, Lipeng Cao, Gianguido Baldinozzi, Jack M. Jiang, Matthew J. Latimer, Oliver Mueller

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 117, no. 9 (2020), DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1918890117, COBISS.SI-ID: 33236519

Q-tensor model of twist-bend and splay nematic phases
Martin Čopič, Alenka Mertelj

Physical review. E, vol. 101, no. 2 (2020), DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.101.022704, COBISS.SI-ID: 33233191

Predictive model for quantitative analysis of human skin using photothermal radiometry and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy
Nina Verdel, Jovan Tanevski, Sašo Džeroski, Boris Majaron

Biomedical optics express, vol. 11, no. 3 (2020), DOI: 10.1364/BOE.384982, COBISS.SI-ID: 33232423

Local lattice distortions and dynamics in extremely overdoped superconducting YSr[sub]2Cu[sub](2.75)Mo[sub](0.25)O[sub](7.54)
Steven D. Conradson, Venera Nasretdinova

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 117, no. 9 (2020), DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1918704117, COBISS.SI-ID: 33208871

Ultrafast carrier dynamics in an organic superconductor [kappa]-(BEDT-TTF)[sub][sub]2Cu[N(CN)[sub]2]Br by spectrally resolved pump-probe spectroscopy
Satoshi Tsuchiya, Tomaž Mertelj, Dragan Mihailović, Ju-ichi Jamada, Yasunori Toda

Journal of superconductivity and novel magnetism, vol. 55 (2020), DOI: 10.1007/s10948-019-05382-4, COBISS.SI-ID: 33207847

Ferroelectric-ferroelastic phase transition in a nematic liquid crystal
Nerea Sebastián, Luka Cmok, Richard J. Mandle, Maria Rosario de la Fuente, Irena Drevenšek Olenik, Martin Čopič, Alenka Mertelj

Physical review letters, vol. 124, no. 3 (2020), DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.124.037801, COBISS.SI-ID: 33088039