Prof. Dr. Iztok Arčon


Prof. dr. Iztok Arčon is full professor for the field of physics, employed at the University of Nova Gorica, holding a position of the dean of Grauate school. His main research filed is analysis of atomic and molecular structure of new materials and analysis of environmental pollution (soil, water and plants) with X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XANES, EXAFS) with synchrotron radiation. In addition, he uses synchrotron radiation for experimental study of multielectron photoexcitations in free and bound atoms, to provide information on collective motion of electrons in the atomic system, and exact atomic absorption background in EXAFS spectra. He is performing experiments with sychrotron radiation since 1989 in different SR laboratories (DESY, Hamburg; Elettra, Trieste; ESRF, Grenoble; and previously Lure, Paris). In 2006 he received Slovenian state “Zois award” for outstanding achievements in the field of X-ray absorption spectroscopy. He published over 150 scientific papers with coautors.

Complete bibliograpy (1986 - present)




Ph. D.: University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, 1992
        Fields of study: Experimental atomic physics research with synchrotron radiation
        Thesis title: Multielectron excitations in the L-subshell photoabsorption of xenon
Masters Degree: University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, 1989
        Field of study: Solid state physics and experimental methods in nuclear physics.
        M. Sc. diploma title: X-ray Extended Fine Structure in Coherent Scattering of X-rays on Mosaic Crystals
Physics Diploma: University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, 1986
        Field of study: Physics
        Diploma title: Extended X-ray Fine Structure (EXAFS) in Bragg Reflectivity of X-rays



University of Nova Gorica, Laboratory for quantum optics, Slovenia

  • Researcher and teacher (1996 – present)
  • Dean of Graduate school (2006 – present)

Jožef Stefan Institute, Dept. for Medium and Low Energy Physics, Ljubljana, Slovenia:

  • Associate researcher (1996 – present)
  • Post-doctoral researcher, (1993 – 1996)
  • Assistant researcher, (1989 – 1993)

Sincrotrone Elettra, Trieste, Italy

  • Post-doctoral researcher (1993 – 1994)

University of Ljubljana, Department of physics, Slovenia

  • Teaching assistant for physics (1989 – 1995)


Academic title:


Full professor for physics (2010 - present), University of Nova Gorica

Associate professor for physics (2005 - 2010), University of Nova Gorica,

Assistant professor for physics (1999 – 2004), Faculty for mathematic and physics, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Teaching Assistant for physics (1992-1996), Faculty for mathematic and physics, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia



Physics (10 ECTS). Bachelor's program in Environment, School of environmental sciences, University of Nova Gorica.

Technical physics (10 ECTS), Bachelor's Programme in Engineering and Management, University of Nova Gorica.

X-ray spectroscopies (6 ECTS), II. level master Physics and astrophysics, School fof sciences, University of Nova Gorica

Structural analysis of materials with x-ray absorption and emission spectroscopy and microscopy (9 ECTS), doctoral program Physics, Graduate School, University of Nova Gorica

Characterisation of material structure (6 ECTS), doctoral program doctoral program Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies, Jožef Stefan international postgraduate school  


Professional experience record:  

Member of the Senate of University of Nova Gorica (2006 – present)

Member of the Senate of School of environmental sciences, University of Nova Gorica (2007 – present )

Member of the Governing board of University of Nova Gorica (1996 – 2004)

Member of the Governing board of Slovnian education consortium (SLOV.I.K.), Gorizia, Italy (2005 - present)

Slovenian representative in European Synchrotron User Organisation (ESUO) (2014 - present)

Member of the IXS (International XAFS Society) (1996 – present)

Member of EXSA (European X-ray Spectrometry Association) (2007 – present)


Experience with quality assurance in higher education

President of Quality assurance committee of Nova Gorica University (2007 – present)

ECTS coordinator for Nova Gorica University study programs (2005 – present)

Member of Slovenian rector's conference workgroup for quality assurance (2007 – present)

Member of National committee for quality assurance in higher education (1999-2007)

Member of national  group of experts for  follow up of Bologna process in Slovenia. (2004 – 2005 and 2009 – 2011)








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