Department of complex matter


Head: Prof. Dr. Martin Čopič
Duration: 01.01.2015 – 31.12.2020
ARRS number: P1-0192

The research program Light and Matter focuses on the investigations of optical phenomena in soft matter, and applications in optoelectronics, information technology and medicine. It consists of four parts. The first part involves surface interactions of liquid crystals and related partially ordered materials, on surface ordering of polymers, in particular photosensitive ones, and adsorbed large molecules studied by optical spectroscopy and nonlinear optical methods. Liquid crystal composites like holographic polymer dispersed liquid crystals will also be studied. The second part of research focuses on integrated optics and nonlinear optical elements and on holographic data storage. The third part involves studies of interaction of intense light with biological tissues and development of novel diagnostic and therapeutic applications for laser medicine. The fourth part includes research utiliying optical tweezers, including studies of stochastic resonance of brownian particles, exocytosis in cells and vesicles, and molecular motors. Details