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Jožef Stefan
Postgraduate School

Jamova 39
SI-1000 Ljubljana

Phone: +386 1 477 31 00
Fax: +386 1 477 31 10


Course Description

Processing and Nanomagnetism


Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies, third-level study programme


prof. dr. Spomenka Kobe
prof. dr. Jean-Marie Dubois
doc. dr. Kristina Žužek Rožman


The students learn the chemical (ELD, EPD) and physical methods (melt-spinning, high energy milling, pulsed laser deposition) for processing of magnetic thin films, nanoparticles and nanocrystalline powders with the emphasis on the medical and nano-devices application.


Nanomagnetism has a special role to play as magnetic properties depend uniquely on both dimensionality and length scales. Nanomagnetism is already central to data storage, sensor and device technologies but is increasingly being used in the life sciences and medicine. The interlayer exchange interactions within magnetic multilayer structures at interfaces, the static, dynamic and thermal properties of magnetic multilayer and nanostructures, exchange anisotropy, giant magnetoresistance (GMR) and tunneling magnetoresistance (TMR), magnetocalloric effect, are issues of high technological importance. Fabrication of nanodevices and nanostructures of various materials is accomplished by pulse laser deposition under well controlled conditions and the magnetic properties are studied by a variety of analytic techniques. The study of chemical methods for preparation of magnetic thin films and nanoparticles will be mainly electrodeposition and electrophoretic deposition.

Course literature:

A Hubert R Schäfer, Magnetic Domains, The Analysis of Magnetic Microstructures, Springer 2000

GJ Long, F Grandjean, Supermagnets, Hard Magnetic Materials, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1991

JMD Coey, Advanced Hard and Soft Magnetic Materials, Mat. Res. Soc., Pennsylvania, 1998

DR Askelard, The Science and Engineering of Materials, PWS-KENT Publ. Company, Boston, 1993

DB Chrisez, G.K. Hubler, Pulsed Laser Deposition of Thin Films, John Wiley & Sons, New York, NY, 1994

P Majewski, A Fuertes, R Cloots, Crystal Chemistry of Functional Materials, Elsevier Science Ltd., 2003

K Itoh, M Kinoshita, Molecular Magnetism, New Magnetic Materials, Gordon and Breach Science Publishers, 2000

Data base from this filed available on the internet.

Significant publications and references:

CEFALAS, A. C., KOBE, Spomenka, KOLLIA, Z., SARANTOPOULOU, E. Crystal field splitting of highly excited electronic states of the 4f[sup](n-1) 5d electronic configutarion of trivalent rare earth ions in wide band gap crystals. Cryst. eng.. [Print ed.], 2002, vol. 5, str. 203-208. [COBISS.SI-ID 17378855]

KOBE, Spomenka, NOVAK, Saša, MCGUINESS, Paul J., YUAN, Z. Rheological properties of coated RE-TM powders. V: HADJIPANAYIS, George C. (ur.). Bonded magnets : [proceedings of the NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Science and Technology of Bonded Magnets, Newark, USA, 22-25 August 2002], (NATO sciences series, 2, Mathematics, physics and chemistry, 118). Dordrecht; Boston; London: Kluwer, 2003, str. 139-144. [COBISS.SI-ID 18053415]

SARANTOPOULOU, Evangelia, KOLLIA, Zoe, KOČEVAR, Klemen, MUŠEVIČ, Igor, KOBE, Spomenka, DRAŽIĆ, Goran, GOGOLIDES, E., ARGITIS, P., CEFALAS, Alciviadis-Constantinos. The challenges of 157 nm nanolithography : surface morphology of silicon-based copolymers. Mater. sci. eng., C, Biomim. mater., sens. syst.. [Print ed.], 2003, vol. 23, str. 995-999. [COBISS.SI-ID 17933095]

KOLLIA, Zoe, SARANTOPOULOU, Evangelia, CEFALAS, Alciviadis-Constantinos, KOBE, Spomenka, ARGITIS, P., MISSIAKOS, K. Self assembled structures on fluoro-polymers induced with laser light at 157 nm. Appl. surf. sci.. [Print ed.], 2005, vol. 248, str. 248-253. [COBISS.SI-ID 19160615]

SARANTOPOULOU, Evangelia, KOLLIA, Zoe, CEFALAS, Alciviadis-Constantinos, SAMARDŽIJA, Zoran, KOBE, Spomenka. Preparation of ultra-thin films of DNA bases with laser light at 157 nm. Thin solid films. [Print ed.], 2006, vol. 495, str. 45-50. [COBISS.SI-ID 19571239]

MCGUINESS, Paul J., GERŠAK, Gregor, KOBE, Spomenka. Permeameter for measuring magnetic properties at high temperatures: European patent no. EP1671146. 2005; Geneva: The International Bureaou of WIPO. [COBISS.SI-ID 19061287]

KOBE, Spomenka, SARANTOPOULOU, Evangelia, DRAŽIĆ, Goran, KOVAČ, Janez, JANEVA, M., KOLLIA, Zoe, CEFALAS, Alciviadis-Constantinos. Grown of crystalline/amorphous biphase Sm-Fe-Ta-N magnetic nanodroplets. Appl. surf. sci.. [Print ed.], [in press], 18 str. [COBISS.SI-ID 20941607]

SARANTOPOULOU, Evangelia, VARSAMIS, C. P. E., KOLLIA, Zoe, CEFALAS, Alciviadis-Constantinos, KOVAČ, Janez, KOBE, Spomenka. VUV light induced surface interaction and accelerated diffusion of carbon, silicon oxygen and other contaminants in LiF crystals. Appl. surf. sci.. [Print ed.], [in press], 21 str. [COBISS.SI-ID 20945447]

SARANTOPOULOU, Evangelia, KOLLIA, Zoe, CEFALAS, Alciviadis-Constantinos, DOUVAS, A. M., CHATZICHRISTIDI, Margarita, ARGITIS, P., KOBE, Spomenka. Polymer self-assembled nano-structures and surface relief gratings induced with laser at 157 nm. V: DINESCU, Maria (ur.). Photon-assisted synthesis and processing of functional materials : E-MRS-H Symposium, (Applied surface science, Vol. 120, Issue 19, 2007). Amsterdam: North-Holland, 2007, 2007, iss. 19, vol. 253, str. 7884-7889. [COBISS.SI-ID 20903719]


Type (examination, oral, coursework, project):
• seminar and oral exam

Students obligations:

• seminar and oral exam