Professor Andrew Briggs is the inaugural holder of the Chair of Nanomaterials at the University of Oxford. His research interests focus on materials and techniques for quantum technologies and their incorporation into practical devices. Current hot topics include vibrational states of nanotubes and charge transport through single molecules in graphene nanogaps. He has more than 600 publications, with over 24,000 citations.
Obituary of David Briggs
David Briggs, father of Professor Andrew Briggs, died on 16 March 2020 at the age of 102. He sang in the first BBC broadcast of Nine Lessons and Carols on Christmas Eve 1928. Ninety years later he spoke about that experience in a BBC broadcast on Christmas Day 2018. His obituary in the Telegraph on 24 March is available here.
Machine Learning helps open up new possibilities for quantum devices.
University of Oxford, in collaboration with University of Basel and Lancaster University, have developed an algorithm that can be used to measure quantum dots automatically. Read further.
The Open Access paper can be found here: Efficiently measuring a quantum device using machine learning.
Using single-electron tunnelling to generate nanomechanical oscillations
The original paper can be found here : A coherent nanomechanical oscillator driven by single-electron tunnelling
This technique will provide a crucial experimental capability for a new programme of research on non-equilibrium nanoscale thermodynamics, in both classical and quantum regimes.