We are excited to sponsor Dr. Ilya Sochnikov as he starts his new scanning SQUID microscopy lab at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Sochnikov is a recipient of our Cold Science Exploration Awards Lab Startup Grant.
DESCRIPTION OF PRINCIPAL RESEARCH:
Ilya Sochnikov’s research focuses on nanoscale quantum phenomena in new materials. An emergence of a new phenomenon or a phase transition occurs 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. His main research tool will be a state of the art microscope for imaging of tiny magnetic fields at ultra-low temperatures and short timescales. One of the research motivations is to impact our understanding of materials properties that could provide new options for energy efficient technologies.
Check out our Scholarships & Grants page for more information on the Cold Science Exploration Awards.