Kathryn Moler is a condensed matter physicist whose lab builds and operates tools for measuring magnetic fields on small length scales.
They use these tools to study superconductivity and mesoscopic quantum mechanical effects at low temperatures.
Historically, a substantial portion of the lab’s effort has focused on building magnetic microscopy tools that enable new physical discoveries. This focus can be broadly divided into two areas: sensor development; and the construction, design and operation of improved scanning apparatuses. Sensors projects include carbon nanotube tipped magnetic force microscope cantilevers, 100–500 nm gallium arsenide Hall probes, and 0.5–4 μm superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) susceptometers. The lab currently operates and improves on several home-built scanning apparatuses, including a 4-kelvin (K) magnetic force microscope and a 300 mK He3 and 12 mK dilution refrigerator, which are used for scanning SQUID and Hall probe studies.
Moler’s team use their expertise in scanning magnetometry and susceptometry to investigate a wide variety of systems. Traditionally, their efforts have focused on three primary subjects: single vortex dynamics in classical and high temperature superconductors; spontaneous currents and vortex effects in highly correlated electron systems; and mesoscopic superconductors and currents in normal metal rings, with an increasing interest in the spin properties of such small structures.
Leigh Paige Prize Lecturer, Yale University, 2004
Packard Fellowship, 2001
Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, 1999
William L. McMillan Award, 1999