Marc Gali

October 20th, 2020

Area of research:

SQUIDs, superconductivity, optics and photonics

Research project details:

A Superconducting Quantum Interference Device (SQUID) can measure magnetic fields millions of times smaller than the Earth magnetic field. This extreme magnetic field sensitivity makes SQUIDs ideal for many applications. For instance, SQUID arrays are used for mining in order to detect ore sources; they are also used in many medical technologies, such as magnetoencephalography measurements (MEG) or magnetic resonant imaging (MRI); and also in a variety of scientific experiments, e.g. to detect gravitational waves, to study the magnetic phase of a material, or to detect cold dark matter (the Axion Dark Matter experiment).

In this project I am developing mathematical models to study 1D and 2D High Temperature SQUID arrays. To successfully model this kind of device, it is necessary to consider the array geometry, the junctions and the superconductor material properties, and all the currents and magnetic fields applied to the device. Once the mathematical model is completed, I then create scripts to implement the model allowing us to develop a systematic study for the wide range of parameters that characterise the array sensitivity.


Manufacturing, Lindfield NSW

My expectations from a mentoring partnership:

  • I’m looking for discipline specific and career-related advice.
  • A monthly meeting would be good.
  • I like to meet in person if possible, otherwise I don’t mind if phone or videocall.
  • Ideally, I would like someone with a similar area of expertise, since I want guidance on my career.

My general interests:

I’m a very active person. I like to do outdoors activities and I practise martial arts daily. I love to read, particularly fantasy books.

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