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2.09.00  Engineering sciences and technologies  Electronic components and technologies   

Code Science Field
T171  Technological sciences  Microelectronics 

Code Science Field
2.10  Engineering and Technology  Nano-technology 
microsystems, micromembrane, integrated Hall element, Integrated IR photodiode, microsystem design
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Researchers (24)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  18018  Ivica Bertocchi    Technical associate  2009 - 2013 
2.  18019  Dubravka Brlan    Technical associate  2009 - 2013 
3.  33297  Mitja Brlan    Technical associate  2011 - 2013 
4.  24915  Bruno Cacovich    Technical associate  2009 - 2013 
5.  18020  Boštjan Fink    Technical associate  2009 - 2013 
6.  24914  Carmen Hladnik Prosenc    Technical associate  2009 - 2013 
7.  17134  Ivana Jesenšek    Technical associate  2009 - 2010 
8.  03773  PhD Drago Kostevc  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2009 - 2013  79 
9.  10303  Ratimir Kuzma Cigoj  Electronic components and technologies  Technical associate  2009 - 2013 
10.  01923  PhD Ivan Jan Lokovšek  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2009 - 2012  25 
11.  03494  PhD Marijan Maček  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2009 - 2013  178 
12.  24916  Franci Novak    Technical associate  2009 - 2013 
13.  01118  PhD Radko Osredkar  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2009 - 2010  431 
14.  00130  PhD Anton Pleteršek  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2009 - 2013  207 
15.  28469  PhD Jurij Podržaj  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2009 - 2010  28 
16.  01675  PhD Dušan Raič  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2009 - 2012  86 
17.  02377  PhD Vojan Rozman  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2009 - 2012  79 
18.  24326  PhD Aleksander Sešek  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2009 - 2013  134 
19.  00166  PhD Drago Strle  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2009 - 2013  244 
20.  01717  Rozana Škrbec    Technical associate  2009 - 2013 
21.  30677  PhD Blaž Šmid  Metrology  Junior researcher  2009 - 2013  19 
22.  01927  PhD Janez Trontelj  Electronic components and technologies  Head  2009 - 2013  572 
23.  10476  PhD Janez Trontelj ml.  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2009 - 2013  58 
24.  36455  PhD Rok Vrtovec  Electric devices  Junior researcher  2013 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  1538  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Electrical Engineering  Ljubljana  1626965  27,388 
The research program is comprised of analysis, research and development of the following microsystems: 1. Microsystems with integrated polysilicone membrane for smart sensors of microdisplacements and pressure. 2. Microsystems with an integrated field of photodiodes for absolute in relative measurements of position in the nanometer range 3. Microsystems with an integrated field of magnetic sensors for precision measurements of magnetic fields and displacements and flows via the magnetic field. 4. The promising new field of integrated electrochemical microsensors is included in the program. All of the above microsystems include extensive analog and digital processing of sensor signals, at these are in principle inaccurate and their deficiencies have to be compensated by additional processing; first by analog methods and finally by digital signal processing. To make microsystems attractive for the users, all the required system functions, as defined by the users, have to be included. In Slovenia our largest users are RLS Merilna tehnika and Iskra TELA, and in Europe Renishaw of GB and Sensordynamics of Austria. In addition to research and theoretical goals, concrete realizations of all types of microsystems for known users are planned. Excellence in theoretical achievements is aimed at, as well as practical solutions for our users, that will improve their competitive position on the market.
Significance for science
Researchers of the program group have obtained 9 international patents, 9 domestic patents and filed 11 patent applications. They are co-authors of 23 scientific articles with impact factor. The highest scientific results are clearly in the area of complex sensors in detection of the different vapor traces in the air. An extremely small concentration of molecules of hazardous substances can be detected only with innovative sensor design, innovative sensor functionalization technology and advanced signal processing. In all these activities the LMFE researchers are at the peak of this research and they contribute original scientific solutions which are also published, but with a bit of restrain, not to lose their leading role against the other researchers. Even more high-profile scientific results of are reached in THz wave research, particularly in the area of improving the sensitivity and noise performance of THz sensors. The LMFE group developed the top-of-the-art antenna coupled bolometer sensor operating at room temperature and with a sensitivity in the range of 1000V/W and equivalent noise power 5pW / ? Hz and the response time less than 1µs. Slovenia was ranked among the other countries as one of the top high-tech countries in the THz research and development and was invited to a series of international meetings and conferences devoted to the upcoming new technology as it can and it will replace many X-ray systems. A patent for THz sensor fabrication was filled in England by the LMFE group and also many lectures and presentations about the development in THz area were given on international conferences, which has a direct impact on the science advance in the THz field.
Significance for the country
Since its beginning, LMFE has been strongly bonded to the Slovenian electrical industry. The laboratory has been of key importance for several large and important Slovenian factories. One of the fastest growing Slovenian electronics companies is RLS Merilna tehnika. LMFE has contributed to this company providing its research and scientific basis. Many special integrated circuits were also designed or even produced by LMFE for this company. A range finder with a high added value was a major export product of Fotona for several decades. Most of the electronics with top-level integrated circuits was developed and produced in LMFE. Additionally, Iskraemeco was one of the first international exporters of electronic electricity meters. LMFE has collaborated in the design process of both meter versions and significantly influenced the success of the products. LMFE is successfully overcoming the gap between the Slovenian scientific-research sphere and both the Slovenian and international industry. A strong connection with RLS has allowed this company to strengthen its position among the eminent international metrology corporations. Here, a rapid transfer of a scientific innovation into a product which is industrially feasible is of key importance. Previous success of LMFE assures that the researchers of the Laboratory are able to foresee the potential for industrial applications besides their research work and are able to solve actual industrial engineering problems. We see a large potential in the research of vapor detection sensors. Joint effort of Slovenian industry and LMFE could result in a set-up of a new production, or a foreign investor could be attracted in the worst case. Another potential for Slovene economy is also in the development of THz technology, as our primacy in the field of THz sensors with the best known room-temperature performance should be put to advantage.
Most important scientific results Annual report 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, final report, complete report on dLib.si
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Annual report 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, final report, complete report on dLib.si
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