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Professor Chris Ford

Professor Chris Ford

Professor of Quantum Electronics

Professorial Fellow of Girton College

Room 330, Mott Building
Cavendish Laboratory
JJ Thomson Avenue

Cambridge CB3 0HE
Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 337486


Chris Ford completed his MA and PhD at the University of Cambridge, before working for a year at the IBM T J Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, USA, with Alan Fowler. He returned to Cambridge to a Research Fellowship at Girton College, and then became a lecturer in the Cavendish Laboratory. He is now a Professor in Quantum Electronics in the Semiconductor Physics Group. His expertise includes device fabrication, electron-beam lithography, low-temperature measurement, and the physics of electron transport in low-dimensional systems, particularly related to electron-electron interactions. His team investigates single-electron and single-photon sources driven by surface acoustic waves, non-linear Luttinger liquids in arrays of 1D wires and thermoelectricity in self-assembled monolayers of designer molecules.

Research groups

Semiconductor Physics:

Research Interests

Prof. Ford heads the group's experimental programme investigating the use of surface acoustic waves passing through narrow channels to move and process quantum bits ("qubits") of information. He is currently working on the following topics, among others:

  • generating and detecting single photons with Surface Acoustic Waves (SAWs)
  • moving single-electron quantum dots carried by Surface Acoustic Waves (SAWs)
  • the non-linear extension of the Luttinger liquid and other interaction effects in 1D wires
  • quantum transport through molecules and nanocrystals

In the past, Prof. Ford has also worked on, for example,

  • mesoscopic effects in hole gases
  • fractional quantum Hall effect, particularly edge states in the fractional quantum Hall regime
  • 1D wires in undoped electron and hole gases
  • the Aharonov-Bohm effect
  • spin-related interactions in single quantum antidots
  • Coulomb blockade in quantum dots
  • the quenching of the Hall effect


  • Quantum Devices and Measurements
  • Experimental condensed matter physics
  • Quantum Information
  • Emergent Quantum Phenomena
  • low dimensions

Key Publications

Here is a list of most of my publications.