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Prof Charles Smith


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Short Biography


Professor Charles G. Smith has worked on nano-electrical and nano-mechanical devices since 1985. He pioneered electrical transport work on GaAs quantum dots and techniques for measuring single electron charge movement in those dots, initially at low frequencies and more recently high frequencies readout techniques for quantum technology applications. He has developed a number of low-temperature scanning probe techniques for measuring nano-devices. Recently he has been working on carbon-based devices, superconductor-semiconductor hybrid devices and scaling of quantum devices. He is also the founder of two spin-out companies Cavendish-Kinetics Ltd based on his early nano-mechanical research and Cambridge Lab on Chip Ltd. He is PI on two newly awarded EPSRC grant EP/S019324/1 Multiplexed Quantum Integrated Circuits investigating scaling up of quantum devices and is lead Cambridge CI on a new program grant lead by Sir Michael Pepper at UCL EP/R029075/1 Non-Ergodic Quantum Manipulation aimed at looking for many body localisation in disorder semiconductor nano-structures.

  • 2020-

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    Laboratory manager, Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory, Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, UK

  • 2005-

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    Professor of physics at the University of Cambridge, UK

  • 2001-2005

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    Reader at the Department of physics, University of Cambridge, UK

  • 1995-2001

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    Lecturer at the Department of physics, University of Cambridge, UK

  • 1987-2019

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    Founder and CEO, Cavendish Kinetics Ltd

  • 1983-1987

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    PhD in experimental condensed matter physics from Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge

  • 1982-1983

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    Master of Physics, University of Oregon, Eugene Oregon, USA

  • 1978-1982

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    Honour degree in experimental physics, St Andrews University, Scotland