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Frustration-induced nanometre-scale inhomogeneity in a triangular antiferromagnet

Researchers Andrej Zorko, Matej Andrej Komelj, and Denis Arčon from Institute »Jožef Stefan« and Faculty of mathematics and physics in collaboration with Othon Adamopoulosom and Alexandros Lappas from Institute of Electronic Structure & Laser, FORTH, Heraklion, Greece, discovered a novel complex state of matter. They published their discovery in the recent article Frustration-induced nanometre-scale inhomogeneity in a triangular antiferromagnet in the journal Nature Communications. In this work they report a paradigmatic magnetostructurally inhomogenous ground state of the geometrically frustrated α-NaMnO2 that stems from the system's aspiration to remove magnetic degeneracy and is possible only due to the existence of near-degenerate crystal structures. Using different experimental techniques they show that the spin configuration of a monoclinic phase is disrupted by magnetically short-range-ordered nanoscale triclinic regions. Such phase separation has never been observed before only in the magnetostructural channel but is reminiscent of charge driven phase inhomogeneities of otherwise chemically homogenous electronic systems in high-Tc cuprates or manganites showing colossal magnetoresistance.
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Complex analysis seminar Marko Slapar: CR imerzije in vložitve kompaktnih 4-mnogoterosti v C^3 Torek, 23.12.2014 ob 12:30, soba 3.06 na Jadranski 21
Geometric topology seminar Peter Lendero: Konfiguracijski prostori grafov, 2. del Sreda, 24. 12. 2014, ob 10h, v predavalnici 3.05, Jadranska 21, Ljubljana
Topology seminar Sašo Strle: Hirzebruchov izrek o signaturi mnogoterosti, zadnji del Ponedeljek, 22. december 2014 ob 12. uri v predavalnici 3.06 na Jadranski 21
Seminar for history of mathematical sciences Marko Razpet: Babilonski in egipčanski zapis števil Ponedeljek, 22. 12. 2014, 14.15-16.00, Jadranska 19, Plemljev seminar
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Physics of Complex Colloids
14 - 18 May 2013, Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana
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Workshop on assembling of superstructures in soft matter
11 - 13 October 2012, Klub Cankarjevega doma, Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana
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SLONANO 2012
24 - 26 October 2012, "Jožef Stefan" Institute
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Relativistic Positioning Systems and their Scientific Applications 
19 - 21 September 2012, Brdo pri Kranju, Slovenija
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Ljubljana Physics Summit 2012
March 3, 2012, "Jožef Stefan" Institute
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COINAPO Topical Meeting:
Composites of nanotubes and polymers:
joining theoretical modeling with experimental investigations
8 - 9 December 2011, Ljubljana, Slovenija
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Physics in Ljubljana
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Confined Liquid Crystals: Landmarks and Perspectives

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Self-assembly of guanosine derivatives: from biological systems to nanotechnological applications
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4th European school in Material Sciences
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ESF Workshop
Towards single-spin physics
November 30, 2007, MONS Congress Center (Ravnikar room), Ljubljana, Slovenija
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Light Pollution and Global Warming
International Exhibition: Quality Lighting and Light Pollution
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International Liquid Crystal Elastomer Conference
27 - 29 September 2007, Ljubljana, Slovenija
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Fundamentals of Nanoelectronics
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