Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Professor of Physics



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812Blackett LaboratorySouth Kensington Campus





A typical course in Solid State Physics starts with crystallography and discusses most of the properties of materials in terms of crystals.  Bloch's theorem is typically the most important mathematical tool.  Yet, if we look around us we see lots of solids, but very few crystals.  Even the metals are probably random alloys.   All this leaves the impression that the existence of a band gap, and hence of any transparency, depends on crystallinity.   Look through the nearest window.  Glass is a random covalent material, not a crystal.

Research Interests

Theoretical and Computational Physics of

  • Nano-mechanical (NMS) and nano-electro-mechanical systems
  • Disordered systems and the metal-insulator transition


  • PhD in Physics from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh
  • BSc in Physics from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh



Tahir M, MacKinnon A, Time-dependent transport via a quantum shuttle

Tahir M, MacKinnon A, Current noise of a resonant tunnel junction coupled to a nanomechanical oscillator

Ridley M, MacKinnon A, Kantorovich L, 2017, Partition-free theory of time-dependent current correlations in nanojunctions in response to an arbitrary time-dependent bias, Physical Review B, Vol:95, ISSN:2469-9950

Ridley M, MacKinnon A, Kantorovich L, 2016, Fluctuating-bias controlled electron transport in molecular junctions, Physical Review B, Vol:93, ISSN:2469-9950


Ridley M, MacKinnon A, Kantorovich L, 2016, Calculation of the current response in a nanojunction for an arbitrary time-dependent bias: application to the molecular wire, 6th Interdisciplinary Conference on Progress in Non-equilibrium Green's Functions (PNGF), IOP PUBLISHING LTD, ISSN:1742-6588

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