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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December 27, 2023
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Mechanical manipulation of diffractive properties of optical holographic gratings from liquid crystalline elastomers
Dejan Bošnjaković, Marko Gregorc, Hui Li, Martin Čopič, Valentina Domenici, Irena Drevenšek Olenik

Applied sciences, vol. 8, art. no. 1330 (2018), DOI: 10.3390/app8081330, COBISS.SI-ID: 3224420

Coupling of defect modes in cholesteric liquid crystals separated by isotropic polymeric layers
Shaohua Gao, Yanzi Zhai, Xinzheng Zhang, Xiao Song, Jiayi Wang, Irena Drevenšek Olenik, Romano Anton Rupp, Jingjun Xu

Polymers, vol. 10, art. no. 805 (2018), DOI: 10.3390/polym10070805, COBISS.SI-ID: 3222884

Tunable surface roughness and wettability of a soft magnetoactive elastomer
Gašper Glavan, Péter Salamon, Inna A. Belyaeva, Mikhail Shamonin, Irena Drevenšek Olenik

Journal of applied polymer science, vol. 135, art. no. 46221 (2018), DOI: 10.1002/app.46221, COBISS.SI-ID: 3165284

Magneto-optic dynamics in a ferromagnetic nematic liquid crystal
Tilen Potisk, Alenka Mertelj, Nerea Sebastián, Natan Osterman, Darja Lisjak, Helmut R. Brand, Harald Pleiner, Daniel Svenšek

Physical review. E, vol. 97, iss. 1 (2018), DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.97.012701, COBISS.SI-ID: 3163492

Capillary wetting of profiled polyester fibres - a comparison between macroscopic and microscopic analysis
Gašper Glavan, Manja Kurečič, Uroš Maver, Karin Stana-Kleinschek, Irena Drevenšek Olenik

Materials research express, vol. 5, art. no. 015310 (2018), DOI: 10.1088/2053-1591/aaa4ec, COBISS.SI-ID: 3162980

Spatiotemporal characteristics of intercellular calcium wave communication in micropatterned assemblies of single cells
Fulin Xing, Ping Zhang, Pengchong Jiang, Ziyuan Chen, Jianyu Yang, Fen Hu, Irena Drevenšek Olenik, Xinzheng Zhang, Leiting Pan, Jingjun Xu

ACS applied materials & interfaces, vol. 10, iss. 3 (2018), DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b15759, COBISS.SI-ID: 3162724

Runaway electron mitigation by 3D fields in the ASDEX-upgrade experiment
M. Gobbin, Aleksander Drenik, Jernej Kovačič, Natan Osterman, Matjaž Panjan, Gregor Primc, Matic Resnik, Rok Zaplotnik, Stefan Costea

Plasma physics and controlled fusion, vol. 60, no. 1 (2017), DOI: 10.1088/1361-6587/aa90c4, COBISS.SI-ID: 91295747

Modification of SOL profiles and fluctuations with line-average density and divertor flux expansion in TCV
Matjaž Panjan, Nicola Vianello, C. Tsui, C. Theiler, S. Allan, J. Boedo, B. Labit, H. Reimerdes, K. Verhaegh, W. A. J. Vijvers, Jernej Kovačič, Aleksander Drenik, Natan Osterman, Matjaž Panjan, Gregor Primc, Rok Zaplotnik, Stefan Costea

Nuclear fusion, vol. 57, no. 11 (2017), DOI: 10.1088/1741-4326/aa7db3, COBISS.SI-ID: 31370279

Field-controlled structures in ferromagnetic cholesteric liquid crystals
Peter Medle Rupnik, Darja Lisjak, Martin Čopič, Simon Čopar, Alenka Mertelj

Science advances, vol. 3, no. 10 (2017), DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1701336, COBISS.SI-ID: 30900775

Dynamic magneto-optic coupling in a ferromagnetic nematic liquid crystal
Tilen Potisk, Daniel Svenšek, Helmut R. Brand, Harald Pleiner, Darja Lisjak, Natan Osterman, Alenka Mertelj

Physical review letters, vol. 119, no. 9 (2017), DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.097802, COBISS.SI-ID: 30734631

Distinctive dielectric properties of nematic liquid crystal dimers : [invited]
Nerea Sebastián, Robles-Hernández Beatriz, Sergio Diez-Berart, Josep Salud, Geoffrey R. Luckhurst, David A. Dunmur, David Orencio López, Maria Rosario de la Fuente

Liquid crystals, vol. 44, no. 1 (2017), DOI: 10.1080/02678292.2016.1218963, COBISS.SI-ID: 30686503

Emergence of polar order and tilt in terephthalate based bent-core liquid crystals
Nerea Sebastián, Sebastian Belau, Alexey Eremin, Mohamed Alaasar, Marko Prehm, Carsten Tschierske

PCCP. Physical chemistry chemical physics : a journal of European Chemical Societies, vol. 19, no. 8 (2017), DOI: 10.1039/C6CP08145B, COBISS.SI-ID: 30686247

Doping of nematic cyanobiphenyl liquid crystals with mesogen-hybridized magnetic nanoparticles
Ingo Appel, Hajnalka Nádasi, Christian Reitz, Nerea Sebastián, Horst Hahn, Alexey Eremin, Ralf Stannarius, Slike S. Behrens

PCCP. Physical chemistry chemical physics : a journal of European Chemical Societies, vol. 19, no. 19 (2017), DOI: 10.1039/C7CP01438D, COBISS.SI-ID: 30685991

Overview of progress in European medium sized tokamaks towards an integrated plasma-edge/wall solution
H. Meyer, Aleksander Drenik, Jernej Kovačič, Natan Osterman, Matjaž Panjan, Gregor Primc, Matic Resnik, Rok Zaplotnik, Stefan Costea

Nuclear fusion, vol. 57, no. 10 (2017), DOI: 10.1088/1741-4326/aa6084, COBISS.SI-ID: 30616615

Amphiphilic coatings for the protection of upconverting nanoparticles against dissolution in aqueous media
Olivija Plohl, Slavko Kralj, Boris Majaron, Eleonor Fröhlich, Maja Ponikvar-Svet, Darko Makovec, Darja Lisjak

Dalton transactions, vol. 46, no. 21 (2017), DOI: 10.1039/c7dt00529f, COBISS.SI-ID: 30501671

Optothermally driven colloidal transport in a confined nematic liquid crystal
Miha Škarabot, Natan Osterman, Igor Muševič

Soft matter, vol. 13, no. 13 (2017), DOI: 10.1039/c7sm00136c, COBISS.SI-ID: 30397479

Magnetic-field tuning of whispering gallery mode lasing from ferromagnetic nematic liquid crystal microdroplets
Maruša Mur, Junaid Sofi, Ivan Kvasić, Alenka Mertelj, Darja Lisjak, Vidur Niranjan, Igor Muševič, Surajit Dhara

Optics express, vol. 25, no. 2 (2017), DOI: 10.1364/OE.25.001073, COBISS.SI-ID: 30156583

Optical properties of biomimetic probes engineered from erythrocytes
Joshua M. Burns, Rolf Saager, Boris Majaron, Wangcun Jia, Bahman Anvari

Nanotechnology, vol. 28, no. 3 (2017), DOI: 10.1088/1361-6528/28/3/035101, COBISS.SI-ID: 30071591

Silicon crystallinity control during laser direct microstructuring with bursts of picosecond pulses
Jaka Mur, Luka Pirker, Natan Osterman, Rok Petkovšek

Optics express, vol. 25, nr. 21 (2017), DOI: 10.1364/OE.25.026356, COBISS.SI-ID: 15709467

High precision laser direct microstructuring system based on bursts of picosecond pulses
Jaka Mur, Jaka Petelin, Natan Osterman, Rok Petkovšek

Journal of physics. D, Applied physics, vol. 50 (2017), DOI: 10.1088/1361-6463/aa7b5a, COBISS.SI-ID: 15571227

Active turbulence in a gas of self-assembled spinners
Gašper Kokot, Shibananda Das, Roland G. Winkler, Gerhard Gompper, Igor S. Aranson, Alexey Snezhko

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 114, no. 49 (2017), DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1710188114, COBISS.SI-ID: 3326052

Dynamic self-assembly and self-organized transport of magnetic micro-swimmers
Gašper Kokot, German V. Kolmakov, Igor S. Aranson, Alexey Snezhko

Scientific reports, vol. 7, art. no. 14726 (2017), DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-15193-z, COBISS.SI-ID: 3325796

Elucidating the fine details of cholesteric liquid crystal shell reflection patterns
Yong Geng, JungHyun Noh, Irena Drevenšek Olenik, Romano Anton Rupp, Jan P. F. Lagerwall

Liquid crystals, vol. 44, iss. 12/13 (2017), DOI: 10.1080/02678292.2017.1363916, COBISS.SI-ID: 3119972

Optical nonlinear and electro-optical coefficients in bulk aluminium nitride single crystals
Aleksej Majkić, Alexander Franke, Ronny Kirste, Raoul Schlesser, Ramón Collazo, Zlatko Sitar, Marko Zgonik

Physica status solidi. B, Basic research, vol. 254, art. no. 1700077 (2017), DOI: 10.1002/pssb.201700077, COBISS.SI-ID: 3101796