Projects / Programmes source: ARIS


January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2025
Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
2.21.00  Engineering sciences and technologies  Technology driven physics   

Code Science Field
T165  Technological sciences  Laser technology 

Code Science Field
1.03  Natural Sciences  Physical sciences 
optodynamics, laser pulse, laser medical systems, laser material processing, laser-induced mass transfer, microfluidics, laser surface engineering, laser space propulsion, laser micro-machining, laser nano processing, laser surface functionalization, laser ablation
Evaluation (rules)
source: COBISS
Data for the last 5 years (citations for the last 10 years) on December 6, 2023; A3 for period 2017-2021
Data for ARIS tenders ( 04.04.2019 – Programme tender , archive )
Database Linked records Citations Pure citations Average pure citations
WoS  225  3,671  3,058  13.59 
Scopus  250  4,324  3,653  14.61 
Researchers (24)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  55737  Rida Ahmed  Technology driven physics  Junior researcher  2022 - 2023 
2.  11905  PhD Aleš Babnik  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Researcher  2020 - 2023  101 
3.  09756  PhD Boris Cencič  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2020 - 2023  14 
4.  23947  PhD Tone Češnovar  Economics  Researcher  2022 - 2023  43 
5.  56816  Jasna Gornik    Technical associate  2023 
6.  10157  PhD Ladislav Grad  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Researcher  2020 - 2023  82 
7.  29224  PhD Peter Gregorčič  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Researcher  2020 - 2023  259 
8.  10926  PhD Darja Horvat  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Researcher  2020 - 2023  63 
9.  50212  PhD Luka Hribar  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Researcher  2020 - 2023  19 
10.  14345  PhD Boris Jerman  Mechanical design  Researcher  2022 - 2023  428 
11.  21238  PhD Matija Jezeršek  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Head  2020 - 2023  365 
12.  20217  PhD Nives Klopčar  Systems and cybernetics  Researcher  2021 - 2022  36 
13.  38896  PhD Matjaž Kos  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Researcher  2023  23 
14.  39927  PhD Jure Košir  Systems and cybernetics  Researcher  2023  14 
15.  12054  PhD Drago Kovačič  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Researcher  2020 - 2023  129 
16.  54773  Gaia Kravanja  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Junior researcher  2020 - 2023  12 
17.  38050  PhD Nejc Lukač  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Researcher  2020 - 2023  48 
18.  34413  PhD Urban Pavlovčič  Computer science and informatics  Researcher  2020 - 2023  51 
19.  27660  PhD Tadej Perhavec  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Researcher  2020 - 2023  23 
20.  52342  Matej Senegačnik  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Technical associate  2020 - 2023  35 
21.  56846  Dominik Šavli  Technology driven physics  Junior researcher  2022 - 2023 
22.  39197  PhD Peter Šušnjar  Technology driven physics  Junior researcher  2020  12 
23.  36938  PhD Daniele Vella  Physics  Researcher  2020 - 2023  69 
24.  24276  PhD Andrej Vrečko  Physics  Researcher  2020  30 
Organisations (4)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0143  Fotona proizvodnja optoelektronskih naprav d.o.o. (Slovene)  Ljubljana  5045223000  932 
2.  0782  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering  Ljubljana  1627031  29,266 
3.  1617  OPTOTEK razvoj in proizvodnja optične in laserske opreme d.o.o. (Slovene)  Ljubljana  5326389  31 
4.  7741  LPKF LASER & ELECTRONICS d.o.o. (Slovene)  Naklo  5711096  314 
Optodynamics is a new interdisciplinary research field, which has been established in Slovenia and has made its influence progressively felt in the international environment. Its basic scientific premise is that the dynamic aspects of the light-matter interaction are essential to the understanding of laser-induced motion of matter, which is the heart of most laser processes and modalities in laser-based medicine. Another important scientific starting-point follows from the finding that the laser-induced mechanical waves and other dynamic responses of the matter are an important source of information about the light-matter interaction. Therefore, their simultaneous detection and analysis provides the means for an effective control and understanding over the pulsed laser processes. The program group brings together the cutting-edge scientific results in the field of optodynamics with the contemporary World challenges of Slovenian manufacturers of laser systems and users of laser technology. This will lead to new theoretical and experimental knowledge that will be further implemented in prototypes and commercially available solutions. In such a way, the program results will contribute to new and important scientific findings with a significant impact on the development of new research approaches. Additionally, it will enable the transfer of the achieved knowledge into cutting-edge laser technologies and applications with a significant impact on surface and material processing and modalities in laser medicine. The recent discoveries of program group on the characteristics of mechanical waves induced due to reflection of light is the basis for the important progress in resolving the century-old Abraham-Minkowski dilemma. Fundamental research in optodynamics will also lead to new applied research and shall facilitate their high innovation and continuous development. The program will enable the development of new approaches in the research of (i) laser-induced mass transfer; (ii) manipulation of the nano particles; (iii) microfluidics; (iv) laser space propulsion; (v) surface functionalization by laser-induced nano/micro structuring; and (vi) laser-based non-destructive testing. Since optodynamics is also the basis of all laser medical applications, the program will be focused on further development and optimization of new, more effective and safer medical laser systems, where we have already achieved excellent applicative results. Here, the fundamental research will lead to the strengthening of the position of Slovenian laser equipment manufacturers, their suppliers, integrators of these systems and their end-users in the international market. The results will systematically migrate to the bachelor, master and doctoral education programs at the University of Ljubljana, while the implementation of the program will include also several young researchers and PhD students.
Significance for science
The proposed program Optodynamics includes basic research, which is highly focused on the development of laboratory concepts and applied research with added value for the end users. Thus, its contribution to the development of science is multifaceted. As a part of the basic research, the program group has recently discovered and confirmed several physical mechanisms of the light-matter interaction. Recently, we have developed the corresponding detection methods that allow for the experimental validation of the still-unanswered areas of the fundamental theory of electromagnetism. Therefore, this field is expected to develop into new research areas, which will be created by continuing the study of elastic waves, induced exclusively by light pressure. Here, the mechanism governing the formation of elastic waves is the direct transfer of momentum from light to the material, while the change in the energy of the light is imperceptible. Within these new surveys, we shall develop novel calibrated detection methods for the observation of picometer-scale mechanical displacements. We expect that further development of new areas will be oriented both in the basic as well as in the applied research. Considerable potential for fundamental understanding of the interaction between the electromagnetic waves and solid dielectrics is expected, since the light-pressure-induced elastic waves are the prime indicators of spatial discontinuities of the refractive index and a potential candidate for clarification of the century-old Abraham-Minkowski controversy about the nature of the momentum of light in the transparent dielectrics. Additionally, this gives rise to a completely new non-destructive testing of materials and form the basis of the new, globally emerging research on pure-photon laser propulsion. The proposed basic research will lead, in collaboration with industry, to novel applied research. We expect that the proposed will open new areas within applied sciences, which will allow further development of new approaches in laser-induced mass transfer, manipulation of nanoparticles, microfluidics, laser micro- and nano-machining, laser-based non-destructive testing, and in the research of laser space propulsion. Additionally, we expect that the research activities within the proposed will lead to the fundamental and experimental understanding of wide aspects of laser surface engineering. This will open new aspects for further improvements and research in the field of “smart” surfaces leading to a diversity of new possibilities, including: (i) development of new sensors; (ii) development of smart biocompatible materials; and (iii) improved behaviour and performance of high-technological and biomedical components. This represents a potential impact on the development of new research directions, since smart surfaces are not only important for technological breakthroughs and improvements, but also enable new research in many fields involving interactions with light, other kinds of electromagnetic fields, molecules and atoms. The proposed includes the development of safer and more effective modalities in laser medicine. The current excellent results and experiences within the present work on the projects and the ongoing cooperation with Slovenian medical laser producers and medical profession allow us to make breakthroughs also in this field of applied science. Therefore, in the context of the proposed , we expect to develop new and improve the existing medical treatments based on laser-light-tissue interaction.  The scientific results of the proposed will be published in distinguished international journals as well as presented at international conferences and foreign universities. This will lead to a new scientific integration in the international arena and, thus, multiply the effects of the obtained results in the development of science in the world. The research of optodynamics will also be included in the educational s of the Uni
Significance for the country
The proposed program brings together researchers employed at the University with researchers from the industry. This allows efficient direct transfer of knowledge from the academia to companies and thereby increases their competitiveness on the global market. The concept of the proposed work includes the development of the fundamental knowledge that will be—in collaboration with all three developers of laser systems in Slovenia—transferred to prototypes and commercially available products within the 6 years of the proposed program duration. Therefore, the new laser systems for laser surface engineering and laser medicine as well as new approaches and innovations in material processing and laser treatments are inherently connected with the research work.  The companies that are involved in the research program are among the rare Slovenian companies that sell their products to the end users under their own brand and achieve significant sales share in the global market in their narrow areas. As global competition in this field is very strong, the transfer of contemporary knowledge to the industrial environments is essential to maintain their leading role in the world. Given the extremely close relationship between the University and the participating companies, it is estimated that the resulting insights will, in terms of interdisciplinary, significantly contribute to the development of the most advanced laser systems for processing and medicine. The proposed program will also significantly contribute to the creation of new, high-added-value jobs, which require highly qualified personnel. It is also important that the industrial partners may anticipate new innovative solutions that can be protected in the international environment. Four granted international patents in the last period already prove this kind of innovation protection. The program is predominantly oriented towards finding and providing the technological advantages to the participating companies on the global market. We expect that the results of the proposed program will significantly strengthen the position of the laser equipment manufacturers, their suppliers, system integrators and their end-users in the international market. In addition, the same results have the potential to underpin the position of the University as the institution of knowledge. In the framework of the proposed program, it will help to deliver new and more innovative approaches in the fields of laser manufacturing and other processes, and laser medical systems to the collaborating industrial partners. The results of the scientific research will be transferred to the development of educational content of bachelor, master, and PhD courses at Slovenian universities. Moreover, they will be transferred worldwide by the visiting professorships of the program group members, by the international exchange of professors and researchers as well as by the invited lectures at international conferences and foreign universities. In such a way, the individual topics will further integrate the educational and research work at the University and, as such, increase its quality. This will provide students with a better environment for their training and consequently make them more attractive to the employers after the end of their studies. This will significantly reduce the time from the completion of their studies to their first job position. This will further reinforce the position of the University as an institution of knowledge. As a result, the members of the  program group should find better chances for inclusion in the Slovenian and European industrial projects. This will lead to the multiplying effects in the acquisition of new knowledge and its transfer into practice.   The development of optodynamics as a new scientific field, which originates from Slovenia, is also important to promote the country and strengthen the reputation of Slovenia in the world. The achieved  program results, dissemin
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