Studying Quantum Materials with Scanning SQUID Microscopy

Eylon Persky, Ilya Sochnikov, Beena Kalisky

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Electronic correlations give rise to fascinating macroscopic phenomena such as superconductivity, magnetism, and topological phases of matter. Although these phenomena manifest themselves macroscopically, fully understanding the underlying microscopic mechanisms often requires probing on multiple length scales. Spatial modulations on the mesoscopic scale are especially challenging to probe, owing to the limited range of suitable experimental techniques. Here, we review recent progress in scanning superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) microscopy. We demonstrate how scanning SQUID combines unmatched magnetic field sensitivity and highly versatile designs, by surveying discoveries in unconventional superconductivity, exotic magnetism, topological states, and more. Finally, we discuss how SQUID microscopy can be further developed to answer the increasing demand for imaging new quantum materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-405
Number of pages21
JournalAnnual Review of Condensed Matter Physics
StatePublished - 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • General Materials Science


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