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Dr Alexander Balanov FHEA, MInstP

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Head of Department

Senior Lecturer in Condensed Matter Physics

  • Nonlinear Physics

  • Quantum transport

  • Microwave and Terahertz electronics

  • Biophysics

Some research in pictures

 Quantum transport in semiconductor nanostructures

Semiconductor superlattice Semiconductor superlattices are nanostructures made from alternating layers of two different semiconductor materials, usually with very similar lattice constants, for example, GaAs and AlGaAs
electron trajectory in SL with a magnetic field

Chaotic electron trajectory in semiconductor superlattice biased by an electric and a tilted magnetic field

Electrostatic quantum dots

quantum dots Creating of electrostatic quantum dots. Schematic showing the p-i-n diode and the thermally-induced diffusion of Mn ions from the p-type (GaMn)As layer towards the AlAs/GaAs/AlAs QW
electrostatic quantum dots LED Array of light-emitting diodes using electrostatic quantum dots

Neuron-like Semiconductor Microstructure

semiconductor neuron Solid state neuron structure
Spiking of semiconductor neutron Spiking in solid state neuron


  • For self-funded PhD students, I currently offer theoretical projects in areas of Non-equilibrium Dynamics of Coherent Quantum Systems, Electrophononics (quantum transport driven by acoustic stimuli) and Modeling of Cognitive Processes.
  • For both BSc and MPhys finalists, I offer theoretical research projects related to Nonlinear Charge Transport in Semiconductor Nano-structures, Resonant Transport of Cold Atoms, and Synchronization of Noise-Induced Oscillations (synchronization of stochastic neurons).

      Prospective PhD students and finalists are welcome to contact me to discuss possible research projects.

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