PGP key: 7136EA3E
Institute of Physics (Fellow)
American Physical Society (Fellow)
I have wide research interests in theoretical nanoscience. I am particularly interested in the impact of quantum mechanics on the dynamics of nanostructures – for example, the flips of small clusters of spins, or the flow of current-carrying electrons though a molecule or an atomic-scale wire – and the extent to which interactions with other degrees of freedom can modify or damp out these quantum mechanical effects. The consequences of this work range from quite applied questions – how could one use quantum mechanics to process information, or make a transistor from a single molecule?– to rather fundamental ones – what is the macroscopic limit of quantum mechanics? I use a mixture of analytical and computational techniques and I like to work closely with experimentalists; several of my research students and postdoctoral research fellows are closely involved with experimental projects.
I work with a number of LCN members, including the following research fellows and students:
I lecture the undergraduate courses PHAS1247 Classical Mechanics and (part of) PHAS1423 Modern Physics, Astronomy and Cosmology in the UCL Department of Physics and Astronomy. I also coordinate the information systems within the LCN.