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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Jiyu fei miao jiguang zhi xie de yejing mian wai quyu dingxiang jishu ji qi yingyong = Compartmentalized out-of-plane alignment of liquid crystals based on femtosecond laser direct writing and its applications
Shaohua Gao, Irena Drevenšek Olenik

Zhäongguó jäigäuang = Chinese journal of lasers, vol. 46, no. 5 (2019), DOI: 10.3788/CJL201946.0508009, COBISS.SI-ID: 3323492

Laser-written polymeric scaffolds for micro-patterned liquid crystal alignment
Mathias Fleisch, Shaohua Gao, Dejan Bošnjaković, Xinzheng Zhang, Romano Anton Rupp, Irena Drevenšek Olenik

Liquid crystals, vol. 46, iss. 13/14 (2019), DOI: 10.1080/02678292.2019.1631970, COBISS.SI-ID: 3320164

Temperature depth profiles induced in human skin in vivo using pulsed 975nm irradiation
Matija Milanič, Adam Cenian, Nina Verdel, Witold Cenian, Jošt Stergar, Boris Majaron

Lasers in surgery and medicine, vol. 51, no. 9 (2019), DOI: 10.1002/lsm.23108, COBISS.SI-ID: 3317604

Photoisomerizable guanosine derivative as a probe for DNA basepairing in Langmuir monolayers
Matjaž Ličen, Stefano Masiero, Irena Drevenšek Olenik

Langmuir, vol. 35, iss. 20 (2019), DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.9b00429, COBISS.SI-ID: 3308132

Effect of material composition on tunable surface roughness of magnetoactive elastomers
Gašper Glavan, Wolfgang Kettl, Alexander Brunhuber, Mikhail Shamonin, Irena Drevenšek Olenik

Polymers, vol. 11, art. no. 594 (2019), DOI: 10.3390/polym11040594, COBISS.SI-ID: 3299684

Microfluidic assemblies designed for assessment of drug effects on deformability of human erythrocytes
Fulin Xing, Shuang Xun, Yanhan Zhu, Fen Hu, Irena Drevenšek Olenik, Xinzheng Zhang, Leiting Pan, Jingjun Xu

Biochemical and biophysical research communications, vol. 512, iss. 2 (2019), DOI: 10.1016/j.bbrc.2019.03.066, COBISS.SI-ID: 3298404

Magnetically tunable optical diffraction gratings based on a ferromagnetic liquid crystal
Shaohua Gao, Mathias Fleisch, Romano Anton Rupp, Luka Cmok, Peter Medle Rupnik, Alenka Mertelj, Darja Lisjak, Xinzheng Zhang, Irena Drevenšek Olenik

Optics express, vol. 27, no. 6 (2019), DOI: 10.1364/OE.27.008900, COBISS.SI-ID: 3298148

Quasi-phase-matched second harmonic generation of UV light using AlN waveguides
Dorian Alden, Tinkara Troha, Ronny Kirste, Seiji Mita, Qiang Guo, Axel Hoffmann, Marko Zgonik, Ramón Collazo, Zlatko Sitar

Applied physics letters, vol. 114, iss. 10 (2019), DOI: 10.1063/1.5087058, COBISS.SI-ID: 3297380

Sculpting stable structures in pure liquids
Tadej Emeršič, Rui Zhang, Žiga Kos, Simon Čopar, Natan Osterman, Juan J. de Pablo, Uroš Tkalec

Science advances, vol. 5, art. no. eaav4283 (2019), DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aav4283, COBISS.SI-ID: 3291748

Monte-Carlo simulation of neutron transmission through nanocomposite materials for neutron-optics applications
M. Blaickner, B. Demirel, Irena Drevenšek Olenik, Martin Fally, Peter Flauger, P. Geltenbort, Yuji Hasegawa, R. Kurinjimala, Matjaž Ličen, Christian Pruner, S. Sponar, Yasuo Tomita, Jürgen Klepp

Nuclear instruments and methods in physics research. Section A, Accelerators, spectrometers, detectors and associated equipment, vol. 916 (2019), DOI: 10.1016/j.nima.2018.11.074, COBISS.SI-ID: 3267940

Experiments on transient melting of tungsten by ELMs in ASDEX Upgrade
K. Krieger, Aleksander Drenik, Jernej Kovačič, Natan Osterman, Matjaž Panjan, Gregor Primc, Matic Resnik, Rok Zaplotnik, Stefan Costea

Nuclear fusion, vol. 58, no. 2 (2018), DOI: 10.1088/1741-4326/aa9a05, COBISS.SI-ID: 91294467

Parameter dependences of small edge localized modes (ELMs)
G. F. Harrer, Aleksander Drenik, Jernej Kovačič, Natan Osterman, Matjaž Panjan, Gregor Primc, Matic Resnik, Rok Zaplotnik, Stefan Costea

Nuclear fusion, vol. 58, no. 11 (2018), DOI: 10.1088/1741-4326/aad757, COBISS.SI-ID: 91294211

Comparison of degrees of potential-energy-surface anharmonicity for complexes and clusters with hydrogen bonds
E. N. Kozlovskaya, Iryna Doroshenko, Valeriy Pogorelov, Yevhenii Vaskivskyi, G. A. Pitsevich

Journal of applied spectroscopy, vol. 84, no. 6 (2018), DOI: 10.1007/s10812-018-0567-y, COBISS.SI-ID: 32332839

NMR, Raman, and DFT study of lyotropic chromonic liquid crystals of biomedical interest : tautomeric equilibrium and slow self-assembling in sunset yellow aqueous solutions
Kristina Kristinaityté, Yevhenii Vaskivskyi, Yelyzaveta Chernolevska

The journal of physical chemistry. B, Condensed matter, materials, surfaces, interfaces & biophysical, vol. 122, no. 12 (2018), DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.8b00350, COBISS.SI-ID: 32331815

FTIR study of condensed water structure
Antonina Vasylieva, Iryna Doroshenko, Yevhenii Vaskivskyi, Yelyzaveta Chernolevska, Valeriy Pogorelov

Journal of molecular structure, vol. 1167 (2018), DOI: 10.1016/j.molstruc.2018.05.002, COBISS.SI-ID: 32331559

Ultrafast destruction and recovery of the spin density wave order in iron-based pnictides : a multipulse optical study
Mimoza Naseska, Anna Pogrebna, G. Cao, Z. A. Xu, Dragan Mihailović, Tomaž Mertelj

Physical review. B, vol. 98, no. 3 (2018), DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.98.035148, COBISS.SI-ID: 32118055

Stability of the light-induced hidden charge density wave state within the phase diagram of 1T-TaS[sub](2-x)Se[sub]x
Ljupka Stojchevska, Petra Šutar, Evgeny A. Goreshnik, Dragan Mihailović, Tomaž Mertelj

Physical review. B, vol. 98, no. 19 (2018), DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.98.195121, COBISS.SI-ID: 31991591

Photothermal treatment of port-wine stains using erythrocyte-derived particles doped with indocyanine green : a theoretical study
Joshua M. Burns, Wangcun Jia, J. Stuart Nelson, Boris Majaron, Bahman Anvari

Journal of biomedical optics, vol. 23, no. 12 (2018), DOI: 10.1117/1.JBO.23.12.121616, COBISS.SI-ID: 31915559

Splay nematic phaseer
Alenka Mertelj, Luka Cmok, Nerea Sebastián, Richard J. Mandle, Rachel R. Parker, Adrian C. Whitwood, J. W. Goodby, Martin Čopič

Physical review. X, vol. 8, no. 4 (2018), DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevX.8.041025, COBISS.SI-ID: 31856167

Towards high-temperature quasi-two-dimensional superconductivity
Viktor V. Kabanov, Irina Piyanzina, D. A. Tayurskii, Rinat F. Mamin

Physical review. B, no. 98, no. 9 (2018), DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.98.094522, COBISS.SI-ID: 31760167

Interplay between structure and relaxation in polyurea networks : the point of view from a novel method of cooperativity analysis of dielectric response
Nerea Sebastián, Christophe Contal, Antoni Sánchez-Ferrer, Marco Pieruccini

Soft matter, vol. 14, issue 38 (2018), DOI: 10.1039/C8SM01113C, COBISS.SI-ID: 31747367

Director reorientation dynamics of ferromagnetic nematic liquid crystals
Nerea Sebastián, Natan Osterman, Darja Lisjak, Martin Čopič, Alenka Mertelj

Soft matter, vol. 14, no. 35 (2018), DOI: 10.1039/C8SM01377B, COBISS.SI-ID: 31669287

Nanocomposites comprised of homogeneously dispersed magnetic iron-oxide nanoparticles and poly(methyl methacrylate)
Sašo Gyergyek, David Pahovnik, Ema Žagar, Alenka Mertelj, Rok Kostanjšek, Miloš Beković, Marko Jagodič, Heinrich Hofmann, Darko Makovec

Beilstein journal of nanotechnology, vol. 9 (2018), DOI: 10.3762/bjnano.9.153, COBISS.SI-ID: 31445031

Magnetically driven omnidirectional artificial microswimmers
Mojca Vilfan, Natan Osterman, Andrej Vilfan

Soft matter, vol. 14, no. 17 (2018), DOI: 10.1039/C8SM00230D, COBISS.SI-ID: 31360551