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Scanning Probe Microscopy at Mount Holyoke College

Katherine Aidala
Associate Professor of Physics
211 Kendade Hall
Mount Holyoke College
50 College Street
South Hadley, MA 01075
email: kaidala@mtholyoke.edu























































































































































































































































































































































Aidala Group Members

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Back row (left to right): Fikriye Kaya, Dr. Anandakumar Sarella
Middle row: Chloe Castaneda, Lan Phuong Nguyen, Alyina Zaidi
Front row: Prof. Kathy Aidala

 

 

Current Aidala Group Members

Kathy Aidala

Katherine Aidala
Associate Professor, Department of Physics
email: kaidala@mtholyoke.edu
website: http://www.mtholyoke.edu/~kaidala/

Jessica Bickel

Anandakumar Sarella
Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Physics
email: a.sarella@mtholyoke.edu

Materials Science & Engineering Ph.D. 2010, Chungnam National University, South Korea

I study a straightforward method to nucleate 360° DWs in ferromagnetic nanostructures (e.g. nanorings, nanowires) using in-plane circular magnetic fields, as if from a current carrying wire passing through the substrate in close proximity to the nanostructures. Using the local circular field, we can also nucleate 360° DWs in ferromagnetic nanowires, pinning the location of the DWs at notches spaced as close as 100 nm apart, suggesting high density storage. Currently studying these ferromagnetic nanostructures experimentally using AFM/MFM. I generate the local circular field by passing current through a solid metal AFM and image the resulting magnetic states with MFM. If we better understand magnetic structures on nanometer length scale, we have the opportunity to build more efficient memory storage devices.

Lauren Clark-Johnson

Fikriye Idil Kaya
Undergraduate Class of 2015, Physics Major
email: kaya22f@mtholyoke.edu

Project: Simulations of Ferromagnetic Nanorings and Nanowires

Pheona

Savannah Gowen
Undergraduate Class of 2016, Physics Major
email: gowen22s@mtholyoke.edu

Project: Mechanical properties of hydrogels.

Pheona

Chloe Violet Castaneda
Undergraduate Class of 2016, Physics Major
email: casta22c@mtholyoke.edu

Project: Imaging electrons in polymeric Thin Film Transistors.

Pheona

Alyina Zaidi
Undergraduate Class of 2017, Physics Major
email: zaidi22h@mtholyoke.edu

Project:
Analysis of charge mobility in P3HT organic FETs.

Pheona

Lan Phuong Nguyen
Undergraduate Class of 2017, Electrical Engineering Major
email: ln13@hampshire.edu

Project:
The effect of oxidation on charge carrier motion in PbS quantum dot thin films studied with Kelvin Probe Microscopy.

 

Former Aidala Group Members

Jason Mascatello

Jason Moscatello
Former Postdoctoral Researcher.
email: jmoscate@mtholyoke.edu

Jessica Bickel

Jessica Bickel
Former Postdoctoral Researcher
Current Assistant Professor at Cleveland State University
Link to website:
http://facultyprofile.csuohio.edu/csufacultyprofile/detail.cfm?FacultyID=j_e_bickel
email: j.e.bickel@csuohio.edu

Nihar Pradhan

Nihar R. Pradhan
Former Postdoctoral Researcher
Current Postdoctoral Research Associate at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
email: npradhan@mtholyoke.edu or nihar@physics.umass.edu

Anne Murdaugh

Anne Murdaugh
Former Postdoctoral Researcher
Current Assistant Professor at Rollins College
Link to website:
http://www.rollins.edu/physics/faculty-and-staff/index.html
email: amurdaugh@rollins.edu

Pheona

Pheona Williams
Undergraduate Class of 2015, Physics Major
email: willi22p@mtholyoke.edu

Project: Fabrication and Study of Electrical Properties of Thin Films of Organic Semiconductors and Nanostructures Qunatum Dots for Solar Cell Devices.

Madeline Shortt

Karishma Reddy Khan
Undergraduate Class of 2015, Physics Major
email: reddy22k@mtholyoke.edu

Project: Fabrication and Study of Electrical Properties of Thin Films of Organic Semiconductors and Nanostructures Qunatum Dots for Solar Cell Devices

Ye Tian

Ye Tian
Undergraduate Class of 2015, Chemistry and Biology Major
email: tian24y@mtholyoke.edu

Project: Design, fabrication, and characterization of cross-linked polydimethylsiloxane substrate with controllable Young's moduli using thiol-ene "click" chemistry for mechanotaxis studies (overall project) Project I'm using AFM for: Characterization of the mechanical property of photo-patterned heterogeneous PDMS thin-film using Atomic Force Microscopy.

Lauren Clark-Johnson

Sarah Read
Undergraduate Class of 2016, Physics Major
email: read22s@mtholyoke.edu

Project: Fabrication and Study of Electrical Properties of Thin Films of Organic Semiconductors and Nanostructures Qunatum Dots for Solar Cell Devices

Mina Khan

Mina Khan
Undergraduate Class of 2015, Physics Major
email: khan32mme@mtholyoke.edu

Project: Ferromagnetic Nanorings and Nanowires

Madeline Shortt

Madeline Shortt
Undergraduate Class of 2015, Physics Major
email: short22m@mtholyoke.edu

Project: Ferromagnetic Nanorings and Nanowires

Lauren Clark-Johnson

Xiaofan Xu
Undergraduate Class of 2015, Physics Major
email: xu28x@mtholyoke.edu

Project: Fabrication and Study of Electrical Properties of Thin Films of Organic Semiconductors and Nanostructures Qunatum Dots for Solar Cell Devices.

Pheona

Nicole Fella
Undergraduate Class of 2017, Physics Major
email: fella22n@mtholyoke.edu

Project: Ferromagnetic Nanorings and Nanowires

Lauren Clark-Johnson

Morgan Patterson
Undergraduate Class of 2014, Physics Major
email: patte22m@mtholyoke.edu

Project: Imaging electrons in polymeric Thin Film Transistors.

Quinxia Wang

Quinxia Wang
Undergraduate Class of 2013, Physics & Math Major
Graduate School: Electrical Engineering, Stanford
email: wang25q@mtholyoke.edu

Project: Fabrication and Study of Electrical Properties of Thin Films of Organic Semiconductors and Nanostructures Qunatum Dots for Solar Cell Devices.

Pawana Shrestha

Pawana Shrestha
Undergraduate Class of 2013, Physics Major
Graduate School: Electrical Engineering, UCSB
email: shres24p@mtholyoke.edu

Project: Fabrication and Study of Electrical Properties of Thin Films of Organic Semiconductors and Nanostructures Qunatum Dots for Solar Cell Devices.

Lauren Clark-Johnson

Lauren Clark-Johnson
Undergraduate Class of 2013, Physics Major
email: clark22l@mtholyoke.edu

Project: Simulations of Ferromagnetic Nanorings and Nanowires

Ruimin

Ruimin Cai
Undergraduate Class of 2014, Physics Major
email: cai22r@mtholyoke.edu

Xiaolin Hu

Xiaolin Hu
Class of 2012, Physic Major
Graduate Student, Stanford University (EE Department)
email: Xiaolinhu@gmail.com

San Theingi

San Theingi
Class of 2012, Physics Major
Graduate Student, Colorado School of Mines (Materials Science Department)
email: thein20s@mtholyoke.edu

Alyssa Mckenna

Alyssa J. Mckenna
Class of 2012, Physics Major
Graduate Student, University of Minnesota (Materials Science Department)
email: mcken24a@mtholyoke.edu

Abbey Licht

Abbey Licht
Class of 2011
Graduate Student, Tuft University (ECE Department)
email: Licht22@gmail.com

Lauren Clark-Johnson

Tianyu Yang
Graduated (PhD) from Umass Amherst, Department of Physics
email: tyang@physics.umass.edu

Lauren Clark-Johnson

Abby Goldman
Class of 2010
Fulbright Fellow, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology)
email: goldm20a@mtholyoke.edu

Lauren Clark-Johnson

Moureen Kemei
Class of 2010
Currently at University of California Santa Barbara
email: Kemei20m@mtholyoke.edu

Lauren Clark-Johnson

Tolu Ogunbekun
Class of 2009
email: ogunb20t@mtholyoke.edu

Lauren Clark-Johnson

Danti Chen
Class of 2009
Graduate Student, Yale University (Applied Physics)
email: chen20d@mtholyoke.edu

Lauren Clark-Johnson

Lori-Anne Ashwood
Class of 2009

Lauren Clark-Johnson

Jackline Keoch
Class of 2011

Lauren Clark-Johnson

Diana Chung
Class of 2009

Lauren Clark-Johnson

Laura Tomich
Class of 2011

Lauren Clark-Johnson

Yihan Li
Class of 2013, Math Major
email: Yihan_li_ben@hotmail.com

Lauren Clark-Johnson

Phoebe Sun
Class of 2014
email: sun26y@mtholyoke.edu

Lauren Clark-Johnson

Ednah Louie
Class of 2014
email: louie22e@mtholyoke.edu