absorption research has been conducted at the Faculty since 1997.,
and the Laboratory has been expanded in 2010. to include nuclear
magnetic resonance methods. The principal research subjects are
collective phenomena which determine matter properties such as
superconductivity and quantum magnetism. Additionally, trough
nuclear magnetic resonance measurements, the Laboratory participates
in other areas of condensed matter research such as ionic conductors,
ferromagnetic graphite, soft matter, metal cluster alloys etc.
Laboratory investigates the micro-structure of modern materials. It
is equipped with an X-ray diffractometer for polycrystalline samples,
and a high-resolution transmission electron microscope, along with a
complete sample preparation setup.
Laboratory, we conduct the synthesis of amorphous materials,
metallic glasses, nanocrystalline alloys, polymers, high-temperature
superconductors and, most recently, high-quality monocrystals of
various types of topological insulators with superior properties (low
charge carrier density and high mobility), as well as potential
topological superconductors necessary for the detection of new
physical phenomena anticipated in topological insulators. The
synthesized samples are characterized by structure, transport,
thermodynamic and magnetic properties measurements. The current
equipment includes several ovens (up to 1600 °C), a differential
scanning calorimeter (100-830 K), a helium refrigerator (10-400 K),
a cryostat with a 10 T magnet (1.7-400 K), and an RF device, along
with the necessary setup for measuring transport, thermodynamical
and magnetic properties. The principal research interests of the
Laboratory are the development of new materials, the investigation
of collective phenomena (superconductivity and magnetism), weak
localization, spin-orbit interaction and spin scattering in metallic
glasses, phenomena that arise as a consequence of Dirac dispersion,
the spin momentum locking effect, and the π-Berry phase of
topologically protected metal sufrace phases. Special emphasis is
put on the development of highly sensitive methods for measuring
magnetization - using a piezo-resistive micro-cantilever, heat
capacity and thermoelectrical effects.
detectors prepared and tested in this laboratory are used for
fundamental research in experimental nuclear physics conducted in
accelerator centers MAMI (Mainz Microtron), Germany, DAFNE (Laboratori
Nazionali di Frascati), Italy, and CERN, Switzerland. The laboratory
is also engaged in the application of nuclear methods: materials,
medicine and environment.
Research in experimental particle physics at high energies focuses on the investigation of quark-gluon plasma at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) and Large Hadron Collider (LHC), as well as the nucleon spin structure at the RHIC.
Research conducted in this laboratory is directed towards the investigation of atomic and molecular processes in high-pressure discharges, low-temperature plasma properties, and the interaction of atoms and laser light with alkaline vapor or ionized gas.
this Laboratory the magnetic and electrical properties of various
materials are investigated, including static magnetization and AC
susceptibility, electrical transport in magnetic fields and magnetic
properties in electric fields. This enables the study of magnetic
ordering and dynamics in nano-magnets, interactions in various
complex materials, critical phenomena in superconductors and
magnetics, magnetoelectric effects along with numerous other
interesting occurrences of modern physics. The investigated systems
include magnetic nano-particles, magnetic-ion complexes, organic
magnetic materials, multiferroics, superconductors, alloys, complex
magnetic structures and other materials of importance for basic and
applied physics. The Laboratory equipment includes a SQUID and a
vibrating sample magnetometer, an AC susceptometer and the
instrumentation necessary for electric transport measurement, which
enables precise and exhaustive measurements of magnetic and electric
properties in a wide range of temperatures (2-1000 K) and magnetic
fields ( up to 18 T), appropriate both for basic characterization of
new materials and detailed studies of interesting phenomena.
Observational astrophysics applied to galaxy formation and evolution.
Group is active in educational research in physics, which includes
the investigation of conceptual and mathematical difficulties
encountered by pupils and students in the understanding and adoption
of basic physics concepts, research in the field of educational
neuro-science, as well as the development and testing of novel
educational strategies and physics teaching supplies. The group is
also active in the development of the physics classes curriculum,
school laboratory physics experiments, and the construction and
evaluation of educational physics examinations according to the
Rasch model. An important aspect of the Group's activity is the
collaboration with elementary- and high-school teachers, and the
regular seminars and workshops organized for them.
use neurodynamic methods for functional brain imaging,
magnetoencephalography (MEG) and electroencephalography (EEG), the
investigation of sensory and cognitive processes, multisensory
integration and cortical plasticity in basic and translational
research, including studies from the area of educational neuro-science.
Along with the empirical MEG investigation we use numerical
simulations in order to gain insight into the accuracy and precision
of parameter determination depending on the model and approach used
for monitoring the dynamics and topology of cortical networks. Due
to the lack of an MEG laboratory in Zagreb, we conduct our
measurements in cooperation with the Los Alamos National Laboratory
(LANL), MIND Research Network and UNM, Albuquerque, NM, BioMag
Laboratory, Aalto University, and MEG laboratories in Heidelberg and
Jena (TU Ilmenau).