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Professor Chris Ford

Professor Chris Ford

University Reader

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 at the IBM T J Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, USA, for a year 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 Reader 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 interactions.

Research groups

Semiconductor Physics:

Research Interests

Dr. 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:

  • quantum computing with Surface Acoustic Waves (SAWs)
  • Moving single-electron quantum dots carried by Surface Acoustic Waves (SAWs)
  • The Luttinger liquid and other interaction effects in 1D wires
  • Spin-related interactions in single antidots
  • transport through individual molecules

In the past, Dr. 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
  • Coulomb Blockade
  • the quenching of the Hall effect

Key Publications

Here is a list of most of my publications.