Doc. dr. PRIMOŽ PELICON - Curriculum Vitae

Date of Birth: 1966-11-19
Place of Birth: Šempeter, Slovenia
Gender: Male
Nationality: Slovene
Marital status: Married with wife Alenka Kamenšek Pelicon
Children: daughter Urša, son Peter
Office: Institute “Jožef Stefan”, Jamova 39, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Office Telephone/Telefax/E-mail: +386 1 5885 294 / +386 1 561 2335/



Ph.D. in Physics, 1994-1997: University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Title of thesis in original (Slovenian): “Neradiativni razpad atomskih stanj z več vrzelmi v notranjih lupinah”, English title: “Nonradiative Decay of Atomic States with Multiple Inner Shell Vacancies”;

M.Sc., Physics, 1991-1994: University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Title of thesis in original (Slovenian): “Interakcija po trku v Augerjevih spektrih žlahtnih plinov pri vzbujanju ioni”, English title: “Post-Collision Interaction in Auger Spectra of noble gasses by ion-impact excitation“;

B.Sc., Physics, 1986-1991: University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Title of diploma in original (Slovenian): “Analiza tankih plasti z Rutherfordovim povratnim sipanjem”, English title of diploma: “ Thin film analysis by Rutherford Backscattering spectroscopy “;

Mandatory military service: 1985-1986;

High School: 1981-1985 Naravoslovni Srednješolski Center, Nova Gorica

Elementary school: 1973-1981 Ajdovščina

Other education:

Educational center Miklošičeva, Ljubljana:
Language course (90 hours) German, level 3
Language course (90 hours) German, level 4
Language course (60 hours) French, level 1
Language course (60 hours) French, level 2
Language course (60 hours) French, level 3

Centre for foreign languages, Ljubljana, English course level 5 (60 hours)

Forshungszentrum Rossendorf, Germany, One-month IAEA training in Ion Beam Analytical techniques

Employment record:

Instutute “Jožef Stefan”, Department of Low and Medium Energy Physics, Jamova 39, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia, tel. +386 1 477 3900, fax. +386 1 , supervisor: Dr. Rafael Martinčič, Position: head of the group. Duties: management of the accelerator facility, conducting analysis of materials with ion beams, management of the research projects. No. of staff supervised: 3

Sep. 24. 2001 - Oct.1. 2002
University of North Texas, Denton, USA, Dept. of Physics, Ion Beam Modification and Analysis Laboratory, tel. +1 940 565 3, Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Floyd D. McDaniel, Position: Research Scientist II, Duties: Conducting material research with accelerated ion beams (semiconductor materials), maintenance of the accelerator and beamlines..

Instutute “Jožef Stefan”, Department of Low and Medium Energy Physics, Jamova 39, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia, tel. +386 1 477 3900, fax. +386 1 , supervisor: Prof. Dr. Žiga Šmit, Position: young researcher. Duties: research work on the subject of thesis, and work on the VDG accelerator.

15. January 1991-15. June 1991:
Srednja šola za računalništvo, Vič, Ljubljana, part time teacher of Physics.

3. Detailed description of work experience:

During most part of professional career I have been engaged in the application of accelerators in material studies. In my B.Sc. diploma (1991) I have been engaged in the set up and application of Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry (RBS) for the analysis of thin film structures at Institute “Jožef Stefan”, at that time at the home-constructed Van-de Graaff accelerator.

After B.Sc. diploma in physics I started my position of young researcher at the Institute ” Jožef Stefan” at the field of Ion-atom collision physics with accelerators. In 1993, I was sent by my home institution for a period of one year to the Institute of Nuclear Research of Hungarian Academy of Sciences (ATOMKI) in Debrecen, Hungary, where I join the work of the group of Prof. Dr. Dénes Berenyi to study excitation mechanisms in atoms by fast ions and corresponding decays of excited atomic states by electron emission. Work has been done at 5 MeV Van-de-Graaff ion accelerator at ATOMKI. In my M.Sc. work, I studied effect of Post-Collision-Interaction, which is responsible for asymmetry in the spectral lineshapes of Auger transitions. The work resulted in the papers published in the Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Phys. Res. B and in the Journal of Physics B.

After defending my M.Sc. diploma I continued my Ph.D. work at home institution. In 1994/1995, first actions has been done to extend accelerator facility at Institute “Jožef Stefan” in Ljubljana. In the same time, the group continued to work on analytical methods with accelerated ion beams and at the field of atomic physics, studying excitation and ionization mechanisms in atomic collisions. I was in charge of Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry for the analysis of thin films, produced by other research groups at the IJS.

In my Ph.D. work, I constructed electrostatic spectrometer for the measurement of energy spectra of the electrons emitted in the atomic collision processes. Spectrometer has been constructed as ultra-high vacuum equipment with external shielding of stray magnetic fields. I wrote data acquisition software (C++), which enabled complete control over spectrometer for the periods of few weeks of operation. The most important result of the work is measurement of production cross section of Ne++ with doubly ionized K-shell by electron impact and has been published in Phys. Rev. A. Spin-of

Before and immediately after completing my Ph.D., I have been involved in the installation of new accelerator facility at Institute “Jožef Stefan”. After defending my Ph.D. in 1997, I was appointed as a head of Infrastructure group at Ljubljana tandetron ion accelerator. My task has been to coordinate the research at the facility, to initiate new research projects in the field of application of fast ion beams for material studies (methods RBS, ERDA and PIXE) and to guide the maintenance of the facility.

In 1999, the group started a construction of Ion Microbeam facility. My part of work at the project has been to design measuring chamber and select the belonging hardware. In the end of year 2000, we successfully completed the task, reaching sub-micron beam size at fully operational device. The measuring chamber has been replicated in slightly modified form at additional two ion microprobe facilities worldwide.

Since then, I have been continuously working on the analysis of materials with proton microbeam. To report the results obtained at the analysis of metallic pains used in automotive industry, I was invited to give a talk at the Ion Beam Analysis (IBA-17) Conference in 2001 in Cairns, Australia. I analyzed trace elements in speleothems of stalagmites, which resulted in invited talk at the simposium BIOPIXE 2002 in Mexico City. Another industrial application of proton microbeam, which I initiated and is continuously performed on the request from industrial partner, is tomography of electrodeposited metallic layers for electric industry. Recently, we started with the mapping of trace elements in cell tissues.

In parallel I am able to continue activities at the field of analysis of advanced materials with accelerator-based methods RBS, ERDA and NRA. I assisted our Ph.D. student developing Time-Of-Flight spectrometer for ERDA analysis, which was completed in 2002. In the last three years, I participated in the analysis of lithium niobate for optical devices and silicon nitrides produced by CVD.

To improve my skills of the accelerator-based techniques for the analysis of advanced materials, I took the opportunity of one-year postdoctoral leave and in the y.2001 started a one-year position as Reserch Scientist at the Ion Beam Modification and Analysis Laboratory, University North Texas, Denton, USA, in the group of Prof. Jerome L. Duggan and Prof. Floyd D. McDaniel. The work was dedicated to the analysis of implanted impurities in semiconductors. Trace Element Accelerator Mass Spectroscopy has been used to analyze implanted GaN. RBS and ERDA methods have been used to determine implanted dose of ultra-shallow implanted As and B in silicon. In the same time I got experience in operating and maintaining the second type of modern tandem accelerators, pelletrons.

In September 2002 I completed the one-year leave in USA and continue as a head of Infrastructure group at Ljubljana tandetron.

During the career working visits, I visited several accelerator facilities, including: heavy ion cyclotron at Paul Scherer Institute, Villigen, Switzerland (two-week measurements of high resolution X-ray spectra), Beijing Synchrotron, Beijing, China (two beamtimes at the beamline with white X-ray beam), Synchrotron at Lure, France (one beamtime at UV beamline), 5 MeV Van-de-Graaf at ATOMKI, Debrecen, Hungary (one-year measurements), Forschungszentrum Rossendorf, Dresden, Germany with 3 MeV tandetron, tandem and VDG accelerator (one-month IAEA training in IBA techniques), BAM Berlin, Germany with 2 MeV tandetron (two working visits), 3 MeV pelletron and 2.5 MeV VDG accelerator of IBMAL, University of North Texas, USA (one year research).

In the y. 2002, I managed the following research projects:
-Threedimensional tomography of surfaces with ion microbeam, funded by Slovenian Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, duration 2001-2004, 30.000 USD/year;
- Light element concentrations and depth profiles in silicon nitride and oxynitride thin films, project in the frame CRP IAEA “The use of ion beam techniques for analysis of light elements in thin films, including depth profiling”,2000-2003, 5.000 USD/year;
- Application of High Resolution X-Ray Spectroscopy for Chemical State Analysis, bilateral Chinese-Slovenian research projects in collaboration with Institute of High Energy Physics, Beijing, China;
- Application of Ion Beam Analytical Methods for the Solution of the Environmental and Industrial Problems, bilateral Hungarian-Slovene project with Institute of Nuclear Research of Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Debrecen, Hungary.

I was appointed as a chair of two sessions at international meetings: at symposium BIOPIXE 2002 in Mexico City, Mexico, and at conference CAARI 2002 in Denton, USA. I am a member of International commitee of BIOPIXE symposia and treasurer of the forthcoming conference PIXE2004.

4. Languages:

Mother tongue: Slovene
Other languages:
English: Spoken: excellent written: Excellent
German: Spoken:fluent Written: fluent
French: Spoken: fluent Written: fair

4. Professional Society Membership:

Association of Mathematicians, Physicists and Astronomers of Slovenia
Radiation Protection Society of Slovenia.
Vacuum society of Slovenia

5. Bibliography:

Online version can be found here.

Last updated: 01/22/2014