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Prof Andrew Fisher
Appointment
  • Professor of Physics
  • Dept of Physics & Astronomy
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences
  • Professor of Physics
  • London Centre for Nanotechnology
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences
Biography
I studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University (1983-1986), taking a Part II in Physics and Theoretical Physics. I then moved to Oxford University to pursue my DPhil research in theoretical condensed-matter physics (1986-9). I remained in Oxford after the completion of my DPhil as a Junior Research Fellow of St John's College (1989-1993). During this period I spent a year as a Royal Society Postdoctoral Fellow at the IBM Zurich Research Laboratory. I was appointed to a Lectureship at Durham University in 1993, and moved to UCL in 1995.
Research Summary
I run a research group at UCL in the area of theoretical condensed-matter physics. We are interested in understanding the theoretical foundations of the newly emerging area of nanoscale science. In particular we are trying to understand the flow of electrons through very small structures; such structures might be formed in a scanning tunnelling microscopy experiment, or by some specific chemical reaction involving a molecule at the surface of a material. Such structures could eventually be used as molecular-scale wires or electronic devices. We tackle these problems by solving the Schroedinger equation for the electrons in the system, using a mixture of analytical and computational work; we also colaborate with numerous experimental groups working on nanotechnology, both at UCL and elsewhere. I am also co-author of a graduate textbook on the theory of critical phenomena.
Appointments
2006 Principal Investigator Department of Nanotechnology London Centre for Nanotechnology, United Kingdom
1995 Lecturer, Reader and Professor Department of Physics University College London, United Kingdom
1993 – 1995 Lecturer Department of Physics University of Durham, United Kingdom
Academic Background
1990 MA Master of Arts University of Cambridge
1989 DPhil Doctor of Philosophy University of Oxford
1986 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) University of Cambridge
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