Jure Dobnikar

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We experimentally study the condensed phases of repelling core-softened spheres in two dimensions. The dipolar pair repulsion between superparamagnetic spheres trapped in a thin cell is induced by a transverse magnetic field and softened by suitably adjusting the cell thickness. We scan a broad density range and we materialize a large part of the(More)
We report experiments that probe the self-assembly of micrometer-size colloids into one-particle-thick, robust, and self-healing membranes. In a magic-angle precessing magnetic field, superparamagnetic spheres experience isotropic pair attraction similar to the van der Waals force between atoms. But the many-body polarization interactions among them steer(More)
Escherichia coli motion is characterized by a sequence of consecutive tumble-and-swim events. In the absence of chemical gradients, the length of individual swims is commonly believed to be distributed exponentially. However, recently there has been experimental indication that the swim-length distribution has the form of a power-law, suggesting that(More)
Lévy walks as a random search strategy have recently attracted a lot of attention, and have been described in many animal species. However, very little is known about one of the most important issues, namely how Lévy walks are generated by biological organisms. We study a model of the chemotaxis signaling pathway of E. coli, and demonstrate that stochastic(More)
We present a direct measurement of three-body interactions in a colloidal system comprised of three charged colloidal particles. Two of the particles have been confined by means of a scanned laser tweezers to a line-shaped optical trap where they diffused due to thermal fluctuations. Upon the approach of a third particle, attractive three-body interactions(More)
We study the pattern formation in a two-dimensional system of superparamagnetic colloids interacting via spatially coherent induced interactions driven by an external precessing magnetic field. On the pair level, upon changing the opening angle of the external field, the interactions smoothly vary from purely repulsive (opening angle equal to zero) to(More)
Double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) can trigger the production of type I interferon (IFN) in plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDCs) by binding to endosomal Toll-like receptor-9 (TLR9; refs 1-5). It is also known that the formation of DNA-antimicrobial peptide complexes can lead to autoimmune diseases via amplification of pDC activation. Here, by combining X-ray(More)
We study some new universal aspects of diffusion in chaotic systems , especially such having very large Lyapunov coefficients on the chaotic (indecomposable, topologically transitive) component. We do this by dis-cretizing the chaotic component on the Surface-of-Section in a (large) number N of simplectically equally big cells (in the sense of equal(More)
Three-body interactions amongst three charged colloidal particles are measured in a deionized aqueous solution. Two of the particles are confined to an optical line trap while the third one is approached by means of a focused laser beam. From the observed particle configurations we extract the three-body potential which is found to be attractive and roughly(More)