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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February 6, 2024
The absence of efficient light modulators for extreme ultraviolet - EUV and X-ray photons considerably limits their real-life application, particularly when even slight complexity of the beam patterns is required. In ...



MAGNELIQ | 1.11.2020 – 30.4.2025
Department of Complex matter is project partner. Head of the participating research group: Alenka Mertelj

The magnetoelectric (ME) effect, discovered in the 1960s, enables engineers to control electric properties with a magnetic field and vice versa. The only known ME materials to date are solid-state multiferroics, which are under intense study and development for applications in revolutionary memory technologies, and spintronic devices.

On the other hand, solid-state piezolelectrics have been exploited in force sensing devices, enabling very high sensitivity to detect small changes, resulting in excellent resolution. While solid ME materials are well-suited to ‘hard’ devices, imagine the ‘flexibility’ – literally and practically – of liquid ME materials. The EU-funded MAGNELIQ project will develop a new liquid material, a ME liquid, and novel sensors that exploit the unique features of such material.

The developed sensors will target a wide range of applications, including but not limited to industrial, transportation, medical ones. Within the project, these sensors will be integrated in advanced robotic and prosthetic hands, acting as demonstrators/test benches for the newly developed technologies.

You can find additional details on the project page.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 899285 .