UCL Department of Physics and Astronomy

Prof Cyrus Hirjibehedin

Prof Cyrus Hirjibehedin

Honorary Professor

London Centre for Nanotechnology

Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

Joined UCL
1st Dec 2017

Research summary

I am fascinated by the physics and chemistry of nanometer-scale quantum systems.  These structures are attractive for studying new phenomenology arising from the interactions between small numbers of quantum objects and also present challenges and opportunities in the realm of device design.

My group’s research primarily utilizes the unique imaging, manipulation, and spectroscopy capabilities of low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopes (STMs) to explore the magnetic and electronic properties of quantum nanosystems at the atomic scale.  We also collaborate with other groups to study these systems using additional theoretical and experimental techniques, such as density functional theory (DFT) and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD).

Teaching summary

PHAS1423 - Modern Physics, Astronomy, and Cosmology

PHASGQ02 Strand 3 - Quantum Sensors and Metrology

CHEM3001 Module 0 - An Introduction to Research Methods

CHEM3001 Module 6 - Scanning Tunneling Microscopy

CHEM3004 / MAPS3001 - Literature Project


Professor of Physics, Chemistry and Nanotechnology, UCL (2017-present)
Reader in Physics, Chemistry and Nanotechnology, UCL (2013-2017)
Lecturer, London Centre for Nanotechnology, Departments of Physics & Astronomy and Chemistry, UCL (2007-2013)
Postdoctoral Scientist, IBM Almaden Research Center (2004-2007)
Ph.D. in Physics, Columbia University (2004)
M.Phil. in Physics, Columbia University (2000)
M.A. in Physics, Columbia University (1999)
B.S. in Physics and Computer Science, Stanford University (1997)