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Physics of quantum and functional materials

Periods
Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
1.02.00  Natural sciences and mathematics  Physics   

Code Science Field
1.03  Natural Sciences  Physical sciences 
Keywords
quantum materials, functional materials, entanglement, quantum magnetism, superconductivity, topological materials, multiferroics, high-entropy alloys, magnetic resonance, dielectric spectroscopy, neutron scattering, thermal and transport properties, quantum computing
Evaluation (rules)
source: COBISS
Points
9,099.33
A''
2,082
A'
5,283.62
A1/2
7,509.69
CI10
15,873
CImax
585
h10
52
A1
34.2
A3
6.8
Data for the last 5 years (citations for the last 10 years) on February 2, 2023; A3 for period 2016-2020
Data for ARRS tenders ( 04.04.2019 – Programme tender , archive )
Database Linked records Citations Pure citations Average pure citations
WoS  1,285  27,394  22,983  17.89 
Scopus  1,289  28,449  24,089  18.69 
Researchers (36)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publications
1.  07518  PhD Tomaž Apih  Physics  Researcher  2022 - 2023  264 
2.  14080  PhD Denis Arčon  Physics  Principal Researcher  2022 - 2023  578 
3.  53450  Tina Arh  Physics  Junior researcher  2022 - 2023  30 
4.  29518  PhD Matej Bobnar  Physics  Researcher  2022 - 2023  104 
5.  15644  PhD Vid Bobnar  Physics  Researcher  2022 - 2023  357 
6.  52040  Dejvid Črešnar  Physics  Junior researcher  2022 - 2023  13 
7.  03939  PhD Janez Dolinšek  Physics  Researcher  2022 - 2023  753 
8.  04347  PhD Cene Filipič  Physics    2022 - 2023  288 
9.  52043  Darja Gačnik  Physics  Junior researcher  2022 - 2023  42 
10.  36353  PhD Matjaž Gomilšek  Physics  Researcher  2022 - 2023  78 
11.  55763  Katja Gosar  Physics  Junior researcher  2022 - 2023  19 
12.  53453  Žiga Gosar  Physics  Junior researcher  2022 - 2023  21 
13.  18272  PhD Alan Gregorovič  Physics  Researcher  2022 - 2023  99 
14.  54692  Anton Hromov  Physics  Junior researcher  2022 - 2023 
15.  32150  PhD Andreja Jelen  Physics  Researcher  2022 - 2023  159 
16.  54693  Vida Jurečič  Physics  Junior researcher  2022 - 2023 
17.  20209  PhD Martin Klanjšek  Physics  Researcher  2022 - 2023  189 
18.  32911  PhD Georgios Kordogiannis  Physics  Researcher  2022 - 2023  177 
19.  17288  Davorin Kotnik    Technician  2022 - 2023 
20.  35466  PhD Primož Koželj  Physics  Researcher  2022 - 2023  136 
21.  36336  PhD Mitja Krnel  Physics  Researcher  2022 - 2023  74 
22.  10124  PhD Zdravko Kutnjak  Physics  Researcher  2022 - 2023  747 
23.  34444  PhD Marta Lavrič  Physics  Researcher  2022 - 2023  47 
24.  35541  PhD Jože Luzar    Technician  2022 - 2023  35 
25.  38196  PhD Aleksander Matavž  Physics  Researcher  2022 - 2023  67 
26.  39153  PhD Tadej Mežnaršič  Physics  Researcher  2022 - 2023  33 
27.  54939  Peter Mihor    Technician  2022 - 2023 
28.  55793  Matic Morgan  Physics  Junior researcher  2022 - 2023 
29.  32160  PhD Nikola Novak  Physics  Researcher  2022 - 2023  121 
30.  26465  PhD Matej Pregelj  Physics  Researcher  2022 - 2023  125 
31.  35478  PhD Andraž Rešetič  Physics  Researcher  2022 - 2023  39 
32.  29540  PhD Brigita Rožič  Physics  Researcher  2022 - 2023  280 
33.  18274  PhD Polona Umek  Chemistry  Researcher  2022 - 2023  318 
34.  26471  PhD Stanislav Vrtnik  Physics  Researcher  2022 - 2023  168 
35.  07527  PhD Boštjan Zalar  Physics  Researcher  2022 - 2023  310 
36.  21558  PhD Andrej Zorko  Physics  Researcher  2022 - 2023  274 
Organisations (2)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publications
1.  0106  Jožef Stefan Institute  Ljubljana  5051606000  84,999 
2.  1554  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics  Ljubljana  1627007  31,480 
Abstract
Although quantum effects have been exploited in a wide range of electronic devices for a long time, the past decade has seen a dramatic improvement in our understanding of how subtle quantum effects control macroscopic behaviour of a whole range of materials with different functionalities. The research programme "P1-0125: Physics of quantum and functional materials" will investigate fundamental physical phenomena in such materials and explore the possibility of emerging applications. The research programme brings together a broad and complementary expertise of a large group of condensed-matter physicists with a prominent track-record in the field proved by numerous highly-cited publications in high-profile international journals (e.g., Science and Nature series), by various national and international awards, plenary and invited talks at the most prestigious international conferences, as well as by international patents. The focus of the research programme will be around two strongly interlinked directions: materials and related technologies. Our main aim will be to deepen the understanding of (i) the quantum entanglement phenomena in materials, (ii) the topological properties and their effect on the ordered states, (iii) the new quasiparticles predicted in low-dimensional quantum materials, (iv) the role of defects in stabilizing the quantum order, (v) the role of electron correlations in fuelling the competition between various types of quantum order, and (vi) the coupling of different degrees of freedom in order to take advantage of the (multi)functional behaviour, such as found in multiferroics and electrocalorics. These phenomena will be investigated (i) in carefully selected families of quantum materials exhibiting unconventional superconductivity, quantum magnetism or exotic quantum spin-liquid ground states, (ii) in a range of topological materials, such as those with magnetic skyrmions, (iii) in multicaloric and multiferroic materials, and (iv) in high-entropy alloys. The research group will use a broad arsenal of experimental techniques available at the home institution, such as the magnetic resonance and dielectric spectroscopy, thermal and magnetic property measurements, as well as other techniques available at various large-scale user facilities, such as the neutron scattering and the muon spectroscopy. Novel techniques will also be developed to address quantum and functional phenomena over the broad energy, length and time scales. Our experimental findings will not only be compared to the paradigmatic theoretical models, but will also stimulate the research of several potential applications. In particular, we will develop a novel highly sensitive optical magnetometer method challenging the current limitations in sensitivity, we will propose new methods for quantum computing using magnetic resonance techniques, and we will explore novel functionalised materials for 3D printing beyond the current state-of-the-art.
Significance for science
The research programme "P1-0125: Physics of quantum and functional materials" will conduct an ambitious research programme in the field of quantum and functional materials, which is at the cutting edge of today's material and device science, by addressing several open questions that may have a profound future impact. Although materials scientists and engineers have long exploited quantum effects in a variety of electronic devices, the past decade has seen a dramatic expansion of our understanding of how subtle quantum effects control the macroscopic and functional behaviour of a wide range of materials. Our research will lead to discoveries of how quantum and topological effects define functionalities of selected families of materials and will contribute to our fundamental knowledge on (i) quantum entanglement in the solid state, (ii) the topological properties and their effect on the ordered states, (iii) the new quasiparticles predicted in low-dimensional quantum materials, (iv) the role of defects in stabilizing the quantum order, (v) the role of electron correlations in fuelling the competition between various types of quantum order, and (vi) the coupling of different degrees of freedom in order to take advantage of the (multi)functional behaviour, such as found in multiferroics and electrocalorics. Finding answers to the open questions will result in high-level publications, invited plenary and keynote talks at prominent international conferences. Novel techniques will also be developed to address quantum and functional phenomena over the broad energy, length and time scales. In particular, we will develop a novel highly sensitive optical magnetometer method challenging the current limitations in sensitivity, we will propose new methods for quantum computing using magnetic resonance techniques, and we will explore novel functionalised materials for 3D printing beyond the current state-of-the-art. Our research activities will thus lead to the creation of new products and technologies based on quantum and functional materials (e.g., multicaloric and multiferroic materials). Some of the technological solutions for detecting and manipulating quantum states of matter in functional materials will go through the full innovation process starting from the international patent applications to the assessments of the economic potential of our discoveries. Our close links with international partners will foster access to and exchange of foreign knowledge in this highly competitive and promising research field. Links with prominent worldwide scientific institutions will be further expanded to push our research well beyond current state-of-the-art. These activities will establish P1-0125 research group not only as a national but internationally recognised centre for the research and implementation of quantum and functional materials.
Significance for the country
The importance of "P1-0125: Physics of quantum and functional materials" activities for Slovenia's socioeconomic and cultural development will be manifold: 1) Programme members will conduct high-level basic-science research while always keeping potential applications in mind. The choice of problems on novel quantum and (multi)functional materials and the collection of experimental techniques available to P1-0125 is such, that it makes particularly fertile grounds for the inventions of novel technologies. We will continue with the established practice of intellectual property rights (IPR) protection and establish standard procedures for the IPR protection and assessment of economic potential of P1-0125 inventions. Possibilities for the establishment of spin-off companies and funding opportunities (including funding via European Innovation Council) will be constantly monitored. 2) We will actively offer our expertise to the Slovenian industry and thus jointly develop new products or technologies. In this direction we will continue with our successful collaborations with the Slovenian industry from the past funding period and search for new opportunities. 3) Our research programme will continue with a culture of regular activities for promotion of science in general public as we believe that the development of society depends also on the acceptance of scientific results and novel technologies. Within the programme we will continuously develop skills to communicate science at a level that general audience can understand. Moreover, we will address general public using all modern technology platforms (e.g., YouTube or similar), participate in all major science promotion events or participate in science contributions for the national newspapers or TV/Radio stations. 4) The high level of training for students provided by the P1-0125 programme will be important for the dissemination of knowhow on quantum and functional materials outside academic boundaries and foster collaboration with Slovenian industrial partners. We will engage in study programs at the Faculty of mathematics and physics of University of Ljubljana and International postgraduate school of Institute Jožef Stefan and thus introduce new discoveries into the study curriculum. 5) As the Covid-19 will likely to continue to affect public life, we will use our knowledge and research equipment to improve and develop personal protection equipment.
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