Photo of Yiftach Frenkel

Yiftach Frenkel


I am currently a post-doctoral researcher at Prof. Andrea Young’s lab in the department of physics at UCSB. I received my Ph.D. in 2020 from the department of physics at the University of Bar Ilan in Israel, where I also completed my MSc and undergrad physics studies. My Ph.D. focus was to use a scanning probe to study and manipulate the electronic properties of STO structural domain walls that form at low temperatures. We found that these domain walls have a significant effect on layers grown on STO and thus may be used to manipulate the electronic properties of these layers.

At the moment, I am taking part in setting up a new 300mK nano SQUID (Superconducting Quantum Interference Device) On Tip (nSOT) scanning probe system. The aim is to use this system to study 2 dimensional materials. In particular, I am interested in topology, superconductivity, and electron optics in graphene-based devices. I would like to use the system I am building to gain unique insights into local phenomena and new exciting physics.