Our Team

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 insulators, superconductors, and frustrated magnets.

UConn Department of Physics

UConn Department of Material Sciences


Jacob Franklin, Graduate Student

Jacob runs SQUID microscopy measurements, writes and executes data analysis software, and engineers measurement devices such as piezoelectric scanners. Jacob's research interests lie mainly in superconductivity. Specifically, he studies how characteristics of superconductors such as critical temperature and penetration depth can be tuned by parameters such as strain and doping, and how these relationships can explain the mechanics of materials that demonstrate non-BCS superconducting behavior.

Bochao Xu, Graduate Student

My research is to use the scanning squid microscopes to study magnetic properties of high temperature superconductors. I work directly with the Montana and Bluefors cryostats to characterize superconducting materials and their quantum properties. Before UConn, I worked on Molecular Beam Epitaxy Scanning tunneling microscope angle-resolved photo-emission spectroscopy UHV systems at Southern University of Science and Technology of China.

Donovan Davino, Undergraduate Student

The purpose of my research is 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. In the past I have worked with designing and simulating components for the Bluefors experiment via Solidwoks and am also currently working on studying superconductor random access memory.