Laboratory for the physics of transport phenomena

Laboratory for the physics of transport phenomena


the Open Day of the Institute

22 March 2013

Petar Popčević gave a Lecture

Quasicrystals – from discovery to present – curiosities and controversy

Since they were discovered in 1982 till today, quasicrystals have been a source of inspiration for much scientific research because of their unique structure and very interesting properties, but they have also been a source of controversy because it was believed that such structures are prohibited in nature by physical laws.

Dan Shechtman, discoverer of quasicrystals and 3D model.

Kristijan Velebit and Marija Sorić

gave presentations of the Laboratory for the physics of transport phenomena. The Laboratory is set up for transport measurements (electrical and thermal conductivity, thermopower, Hall effect) under high magnetic fields up to 10 T and pressures up to 25 GPa.

Kristijan Velebit by 10 T magnet, and visitors to the Lab.

One of the topics presently investigated are Layered materials

During the last few decades, layered materials have been singled out as a dominant source of new electronic states of matter. They are inorganic materials with a relatively simple crystal structure intercalated with atoms or molecules in order to change their magnetic and charge structure. Among other things, these materials stand out because they are superconductive at particularly high temperatures, have a high thermoelectric effect, and have a flexible chemical and spatial structure through the intercalation of atoms and molecules in the spaces between layers. All this makes them also very technologicaly interesting and promising in the areas of storage, conversion and transport of energy.

in Croatian

Institute of Physics, Zagreb, 2013.