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.
IF Oxford Festival – 1st to 31st October 2020
Are you all set to participate in this big free online festival?
Check out if-oxford.com for over 100 science and ideas events for all age groups. The Oxford science and ideas festival brings you digital talks, new performance and film plus demos.
Professor Andrew Briggs would also be there for his book The Penultimate Curiosity – Two Film Club evenings to view and discuss the two parts of our documentary film.
The Penultimate Curiosity: the routes of curiosity 12 October, 7:30 pm
The Penultimate Curiosity: the conflicts of curiosity 19 October, 7:30 pm
There are also two booths from our lab in Explorazone Digital:
Making waves Music may be the product of instruments that create it, but it is so much more! Sound is a wave, and the space in which we hear it has a profound impact on our sonic experience. Learn the link between spaces and sound, and how this connects to quantum chemistry. Department of Materials, University of Oxford
Information engines Can information be used instead of fuel to power an engine? Play a new Maxwell game to find out how, and explore limitations on how engines work. Complete our dot-to-dot and guess the underlying picture with as few lines as possible, just like our machine accelerates scientific discoveries! Department of Materials, University of Oxford
Citizenship in a Networked Age
Film of Andrew’s flying adventures around the Mediterranean
View the two-part documentary film of The Penultimate Curiosity which Roger Wagner and Andrew Briggs made. The film includes sequences flying to locations in Europe and beyond, as well as in Galloway, Cambridge, and Oxford.
Mega Sale !
Hurry ! Grab your copy of ‘Kindle Editions’ of ‘The Penultimate Curiosity‘ and ‘It Keeps Me Seeking‘ on Amazon today, until Sale lasts.
Obituaries 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.
His obituary in The Times on 18 May is available here.
His obituary in Church Times on 29 May 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.