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Kathryn A. Moler Condensed matter physicist

Kathryn Moler’s 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 that are used for scanning SQUID and Hall probe studies.

Moler’s lab uses 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.

Recipient of a Packard Fellowship, 2001.

Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, 1999.

William L. McMillan Award for "outstanding contributions in condensed matter physics", 1999.

Relevant Publications

K.A. Moler et al, "Magnetic Field Dependence of the Density of States of Y Ba 2 Cu 3 O 6.95 as Determined from the Specific Heat," Phys. Rev. Lett. vol. 73, no. 20, pp. 2744, 1994.



Associate Fellow Quantum Materials


Stanford UniversityDepartment of Physics and Applied Physics


PhD (Physics) Stanford University

BS (Physics) Stanford University


United States

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