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Dr Andrew J Ferguson

Dr Andrew J Ferguson

Hitachi senior research fellow

Room M217, Microelectronics building
Cavendish Laboratory

Cambridge CB3 0HE
Office Phone: +44 01223 337454

Biography:

I completed my Ph.D in Cambridge at the end of 2002. Immediately afterwards I went to work as a postdoc at the University of New South Wales in the Centre for Quantum Computer technology. After 4 years of living by the beach (and learning how to do microwave-frequency, milli-Kelvin temperature experiments) it was time to come home. So in 2007 I returned to Cambridge to take up the Hitachi senior research fellowship. Since returning, I have built up a research group that focuses on the microwave frequency excitation and measurement of spin-dynamics.

Research Interests

I am interested in studying novel effects due to electron spins in nanostructures: a topic best called nano-spintronics. My research group aims to explore both classical and quantum spin-effects that are relevant for future technologies. In one recent project, we have been investigating current induced torques in spin-orbit coupled ferromagnets, and are now extending this to antiferromagnetic materials. In order to perform this research on magnetic dynamics we had to develop new, ultrasensitive microwave measurement techniques.

Key Publications

Electrical excitation and detection of magnetic dynamics with impedance matching
D. Fang, T. D. Skinner, H. Kurebayashi, R. P. Campion, B. L. Gallagher, and A. J. Ferguson
Appl. Phys. Lett. 101, 182402 (2012).

Spin gating electrical current
C. Ciccarelli, L. P. Zârbo, A. C. Irvine, R. P. Campion, B. L. Gallagher, J. Wunderlich, T. Jungwirth, and A. J. Ferguson
Appl. Phys. Lett. 101, 122411 (2012).

Impedance of the single electron transistor at radio-frequencies
C. Ciccarelli and A. J. Ferguson
New J. Phys., 13 093015 (2011). 

Spin pumping by parametrically excited short-wavelength spin waves
H. Kurebayashi, O. Dzyapko, V. E. Demidov, D. Fang, A. J. Ferguson & S. O. Demokritov
Appl. Phys. Lett., 99 162502 (2011). 

Controlled enhancement of spin-current emission by three-magnon splitting
H. Kurebayashi, O. Dzyapko, V. E. Demidov, D. Fang, A. J. Ferguson & S. O. Demokritov
Nature Materials, 10 660 (2011).

Spin-orbit-driven ferromagnetic resonance
D. Fang, H. Kurebayashi, J. Wunderlich, K. Výborný, L. P. Zârbo, R. P. Campion, A. Casiraghi, B. L. Gallagher, T. Jungwirth & A. J. Ferguson
Nature Nanotechnology, 6 413 (2011). 

Other Publications


A silicon radio-frequency single electron transistor
S. J. Angus, A. J. Ferguson, A. S. Dzurak and R. G. Clark
Appl. Phys. Lett. 92, 112103 (2008).

Quantitative study of quasiparticle traps using the single-Cooper-pair transistor
N. Court, A. J. Ferguson, R. Lutchyn and R. G. Clark
Phys. Rev. B 77, 100501(R) (2008).

Gate-Defined Quantum Dots in Intrinsic Silicon,
S. J. Angus, A. J. Ferguson, A. S. Dzurak and R. G. Clark
Nano Lett. 7, 2051 (2007).

Microsecond resolution of quasiparticle tunneling in the radio frequency single Cooper pair transistor
A. J. Ferguson, N. Court, F. E. Hudson and R. G. Clark
Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 106603 (2006).

Spin dependent quasiparticle transport in aluminum single electron transistors
A. J. Ferguson, S. E. Andresen, R. Brenner and R. G. Clark
Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 086602 (2006).