Roles

College

Professorial Fellow

College Lecturer          

University

Professor in Physics

 

Degrees, Awards and Prizes

MA, PhD

Chris Ford

Physics

Research and Teaching Interests

Research themes

My research applies the techniques of the highly-successful semiconductor industry to make a micron-sized laboratory on a chip where the quantum physics of one or more electrons can be investigated in a wide variety of different types of patterned structure. I am interested in both fundamental physics and the possibilities of making devices that could be useful in the long term. We can use a pulse of sound waves to move an electron back and forth many times over quite long distances on the chip, in what we call "electron ping pong". I am trying to apply this technique to help develop quantum computers, and to produce single photons of light. These experiments require extremely low temperatures, close to absolute zero. I have published papers in both of the top scientific journals, Science and Nature, in the last few years.

Teaching responsibilities

I supervise second, third and fourth-year physics courses. In the Physics Department, I lecture fourth-year and MPhil courses involving combinations of the words quantum, nano, electronics and physics! I also supervise a number of PhD students.