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Physics in Ljubljana

July 17-24 2011
Ljubljana, Slovenia

The aim of the Summer School is to review the highlights of the physics research based in Ljubljana and to introduce the Master and PhD programs in physical sciences at the University of Ljubljana.


The summer school will take place at the Department of Physics, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, University of Ljubljana, Jadranska 19, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia. The lectures will be held in the F2 lecture room on the second floor. 


The program will cover a range of experimental and theoretical topics in astrophysics, atomic physics, biophysics, computational physics, geophysics, mathematical physics, medical physics, meteorology, nuclear physics, nuclear engineering, photonics, physics education, physics of elementary particles, soft condensed matter physics, and solid state physics. Lectures will be complemented by tours of the experimental laboratories and other research facilities. Speakers will include professors and researchers from the University of Ljubljana and the Jozef Stefan Institute.

The summer school is best suited for students who have completed a Bachelor, first-cycle program in physics and are interested in pursuing an advanced degree in physics. Courses will begin Monday July 18 and end Saturday July 23, and they will include an overview of advanced study programs in physical sciences at the University of Ljubljana. Courses will be held in English.

The scientific program listed below includes a series of lectures on research done in Ljubljana. Also planned are visits of laboratories at the Department of Physics and at the Jozef Stefan Institute as well as meetings with international students based in Ljubljana. The program will be updated in due course. 

Sunday July 17 arrival

Monday July 18

 9.15-10.00 Tomaz Zwitter: Welcome
10.15-11.00 Anton Ramsak: Theoretical investigation of strongly correlated systems and nano-physics
11.15-12.00 Bostjan Golob: Experimental measurements of CP symmetry violation in particle physics

14.15-15.00 Janez Dolinsek: Experimental methods for the determination of electrical and thermal transport properties of matter
                    (optional lab tour)
15.15-16.00 Tomaz Zwitter: Spectroscopic surveys as a tool to study stars and galaxies in Ljubljana
16.15-17.00 Students' presentations

Tuesday July 19

 9.15-10.00 Igor Sersa: Magnetic resonance imaging in biomedical research
                    (optional lab tour)
10.15-11.00 Svjetlana Fajfer: Theory of flavor physics
11.15-12.00 Irena Drevensek Olenik: Probing soft matter with optical techniques
                    (optional lab tour)

14.15-15.00 Alojz Kodre: Physics on synchrotrons and computers
15.15-16.00 Jernej Fesel Kamenik: Venturing beyond known physics with top quarks
16.15-17.00 Students' presentations 
Wednesday July 20

 9.15-10.00 Ziga Smit: Charged-particle induced X-rays and gamma rays: Fundamentals and applications
10.15-11.00 Igor Poberaj: Laser micromanipulation and microfabrication 
                    (optional lab tour)
11.15-12.00 Denis Arcon: Non-BCS superconductivity in expanded fullerides
                    (optional lab tour)

13.00-14.00 Harry Kroto: Carbon in micro- and macrospace (lecture at the Jozef Stefan Institute; optional) 

14.15-15.00 Petra Vilfan, Sonja Mavsar (CMEPIUS): Administrative issues: Visas, grants
15.15-16.00 Peter Prelovsek: MS and PhD programs in physics at University of Ljubljana
16.15-17.00 Chat with international students in Ljubljana

Thursday July 21 trip

Friday July 22

 9.15-10.00 Nedjeljka Zagar: Atmosphere in motions and how we understand it
10.15-11.00 Gorazd Planinsic: Development of scientific reasoning through explorations of simple experiments
11.15-12.00 Matjaz Zitnik: Fluorescence - a key to unravel atomic structure and dynamics

13.15-14.00 Igor Musevic: Tour of experimental soft matter laboratory
14.15-15.00 Iztok Tiselj: Nuclear energy four months after Fukushima
15.15-16.00 Rok Zitko: Topological insulators and superconductors 
16.15-17.00 Students' presentations

Saturday July 23

 9.15-10.00 Slobodan Zumer: Geometrically constrained liquid crystals
10.15-11.00 Joze Rakovec: The inner structure of Bora flow
11.15-12.00 Tomaz Prosen: (Quantum) Chaos theory and statistical physics far from equilibrium
12.15-13.00 Primoz Ziherl: Mechanics of simple animal tissues

Sunday July 24 departure



Participants will stay at the Dijaski dom Vic dormitory at 51a Gerbiceva st., SI-1000 Ljubljana. Dijaski dom Vic provides a comfortable but basic single-room accommodation with wireless internet access and shared bathrooms, and is conveniently located within a five-minute walk from the Department of Physics. Sheets, blankets, and towels are provided. Breakfast is served in the dormitory.


There is no registration fee. All lodging and meal expenses will be covered by the organizers but each participant is responsible for his or her travel arrangements and all related expenses. The number of participants is limited to 20.

To apply, please send an email including a cover letter stating why would you like to attend the Summer School, a curriculum vitae, and a letter of reference to by June 1 2011.


Participants who require a visa to travel to Slovenia are kindly asked to apply for it at an appropriate Slovenian embassy or consulate early enough, and they are responsible for obtaining the visa before arriving in Slovenia. The organizers will provide invitation letters upon request; if you need one please contact us at


Ljubljana is easily reached by airplane, train, or car. Ljubljana Airport is located about 25 km north of the city; an alternative option is flying to Klagenfurt (Austria), Trieste (Italy), and Zagreb (Croatia).

How to reach dormitory and Department of Physics

From the airport: Take either bus or shuttle. The timetable is posted on the webpage of Ljubljana Airport. If you will take the shuttle, reservation is advised; please contact the shuttle companies listed at the airport webpage. In Ljubljana, the shuttle stops at the terminal at the bus station. If you wish the driver will take you to the dormitory; in this case, there is a surcharge.

From the railway/bus station: Take any of the buses that go to the bus stop "Konzorcij" (e.g., bus No. 9 direction "Trnovo"). At "Konzorcij", take bus No. 1 direction "Mestni log" to the bus stop "Gerbiceva". The ride should take less than 15 minutes. The map of city bus routes is available here. The dormitory is a short walk from bust stop "Gerbiceva"; see GoogleMap below. The dormitory is about 200 m from the bus stop, and the Department of Physics where the lectures will be held is about 250 m in the opposite direction.


How to use public transport in Ljubljana

To ride a bus, one needs the Urbana card which can be purchased at vending machines. The price of the card itself is 2 EUR. After purchase, charge the card as needed at the vending machine; one fare costs 0.80 EUR and includes a 90 minute ride on any bus. After entering the bus you must touch the validating machine (located next to the driver) with the card; thus the fare is deducted from the credit on the card. For more information see the webpage of Ljubljana City Public Transport. Apart from the buses, you can also use the self-service rent-a-bike system BicikeLJ


Email at or contact Primoz Ziherl (, phone no. +386 1 4773 613) or Snezana Juric (, phone no. +386 1 4766 517).


Inga Saknite has kindly put the pictures from the school (including the trip and her impressions of Ljubljana) in a Picasa web album. She has also created an album containing pictures from the trip by Jure Bajc. And here is Andriy Gudyma's album.