The Nowack lab started in January 2015! See our website for updates and more recent information! We are part of the Laboratory for Atom and Solid State Physics (LASSP) in the Department of Physics at Cornell University.

I was a postdoc in the Moler lab at Stanford University, where I studied two-dimensional topological insulators using scanning SQUID microscopy – a neat way to do magnetic imaging, see the Research section for more details.  More broadly I am fascinated by complex order that emerges when many simple particles, e.g. electrons, interact.  The solid state has proven to be the perfect stage for this to happen: interactions between various degrees of freedom, e.g. spin, charge and orbital, lead to a rich and diverse range of so-called emergent phenomena with superconductivity, exotic magnetism and topological order being prominent examples.

At Cornell we will focus on scanning probe microscopy at low temperatures to study emergent order and phenomena in different quantum materials. To start with we are setting up scanning SQUID microscopes operating from 20mK to 2K and from 2K up to 100K respectively. In the longer term we’ll develop a set of different scanning probes that combined with transport will provide a powerful toolbox to locally and globally study a diverse set of materials.