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Researchers from the Department for Complex Matter and Department for Synthesis of Materials, Jožef Stefan Institute, and Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, University of Ljubljana Peter Medle Rupnik, Darja Lisjak, Martin Čopič, Simon Čopar in Alenka Mertelj have studied the response of ferromagnetic chiral nematic liquid crystal to magnetic and electric fields. They described unique structural transitions of this material confined to a layer, which are not observed in the usual chiral nematic liquid crystals. The material is a liquid analog of a solid helimagnet. Its advantage is that in a liquid crystal magnetic structures can be easily manipulated with small external fields. The study was published in the paper Field-controlled structures in ferromagnetic cholesteric liquid crystals in the journal Science Advances.