UCL Department of Physics and Astronomy

Prof Andrew Fisher

Prof Andrew Fisher

Professor of Physics

Dept of Physics & Astronomy

Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

Joined UCL
1st Oct 1995

Research summary

The London Centre for Nanotechnology is a multi-disciplinary research department aiming to make the tools of nanotechnology research available to a broad community in London to exploit to advance science and technology, and also to foster that community.  It is a cross-London collaboration involving UCL, Imperial and (since 2018) King's College London.  I am the Director of the UCL part of the centre, which occupies its own building on Gordon Street within UCL's Bloomsbury campus.

 I run a research group in the UCL part of the LCN in the area of theoretical condensed-matter physics. We are interested in understanding the theoretical foundations of nanoscale science and quantum technologies. In particular we are trying to understand the flow of electrons through very small structures (nanostructures) and how nanoscale quantum systems lose quantum coherence through interactions with their environment. We tackle these problems by solving the quantum equation for the electrons in the system, using a mixture of analytical and computational work; we also colaborate with numerous experimental groups working on nanotechnology, both at UCL and elsewhere. I am also co-author of a graduate textbook on the theory of critical phenomena.  

 I am closely involved with the UCL Quantum Science and Technology Institute (UCLQ), was the founding Director of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Delivering Quantum Technologies, and am currently the Principal Investigator and Director of the UCL Skills Hub in Quantum Systems Engineering.  I am also a workpackage leader in the ADDFRSS programme grant, a joint programme with the University of Surrey that is supported by EPSRC.

Teaching summary

At present I teach the course on open quantum systems for the MRes in Quantum Technologies, which forms the first-year training for UCLQ's doctoral programmes.


University of Cambridge
Other higher degree, Master of Arts | 1990
University of Oxford
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1989
University of Cambridge
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) | 1986


I studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University (1983-1986), taking a Part II in Physics and Theoretical Physics. I then moved to Oxford University to pursue my DPhil research in theoretical condensed-matter physics (1986-9). I remained in Oxford after the completion of my DPhil as a Junior Research Fellow of St John's College (1989-1993). During this period I spent a year as a Royal Society Postdoctoral Fellow at the IBM Zurich Research Laboratory. I was appointed to a Lectureship at Durham University in 1993, and moved to UCL in 1995.  I have been involved as a Principal Investigator in the London Centre for Nanotechnology since its inception in 2006, and I became the Director of the UCL part of the Centre in 2015.  I was the Director of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Delivering Quantum Technologies (2014-15) and also direct the UCL Skills Hub in Quantum Systems Engineering (2016-).