Ilya Sochnikov, Assistant Professor
Ilya studies emergent phenomena in several condensed matter systems. The main tool for these experiments is the state of the art magnetic SQUID microscopy. In this context emergent phenomena includes quantum phase transitions. An emergence of a new phenomenon or a phase transition may occur when interactions in the materials are tuned via chemical, mechanical, or electromagnetic knobs. The material systems of an immediate interest include topological materials, superconductors, and frustrated magnets, and other exotic magnetic systems.
Joshua Bedard, Graduate Student
Jacob Franklin, Graduate Student
Bochao Xu, Graduate Student
Bochao's research is to use the scanning squid microscopes to study magnetic properties of magnetic Weyl semimetals and Kagome magnets. Bochao works with the Montana and Bluefors cryostats. Before UConn, Bochao worked on Molecular Beam Epitaxy, Scanning tunneling microscope, angle-resolved photo-emission spectroscopy, UHV systems at Southern University of Science and Technology of China.
Ryan Laing, Graduate Student
Donovan Davino, Undergraduate Student
The purpose of Donny's research was to use SQUID microscopy to characterize the behavior of superconducting materials near their Quantum Critical Points while adjusting parameters such as doping and mechanical strain. Tuning material properties near QCPs may then allow the scientific community to help engineer better superconductors as well understand this fundamental phenomenon. Donny have worked on designing and simulating components for the Bluefors experiment via Solidwoks.
Chloe Herrera, Graduate Student
Chloe garduated with M. Sc. She worked on strain-tuned strontium titanate and extremely overdoped cuprates.