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Dr Michael Thompson FHEA

RAEng Research Fellow, Lecturer in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics

Michael Thompson

Physics Building

LA1 4YB

Lancaster

Tel: +44 1524 5 94750

Research overview

I hold a Royal Academy of Engineering Research fellowship (“Graphene transistors for cryogenic electronics“) and my current research interests are in developing electronics that operate at cryogenic temperatures using 2D materials. Cryogenic electronics already enable many cutting-edge technologies: from medical sensors and materials characterisation to deep space communications and dark matter searches.  As an enabling technology, cryogenics electronics are also essential for building scalable quantum computers. My work forms part of the “European Microkelvin Collaboration” (EMP) and I am Co-I on the “Quantum Enhanced Superfluid Technologies for Dark Matter and Cosmology” (QUEST-DMC) project, which aims to utilise quantum technologies to enable dark matter searches and study early universe evolution.

In general, I am interested in the use of new or unconventional materials that can enable new technologies or improved performance of existing technologies. I began my research career developing optoelectronic devices; lasers, light emitting diodes and photodetectors using narrow bandgap semiconductors and nanowires. Subsequently, I moved into low temperature physics to study quantum transport in 2D materials, developing ultra-sensitive magnetometers using graphene Josephson junctions and creating a new cryogenic platform with industrial collaborator, Oxford Instruments (OI). I also collaborate with the National Graphene Institute and the EU’s Graphene Flagship (H2020).

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