Andrey Sushko

Hertz Fellow: Andrey Sushko

Harvard University

Area of Study

Experimental and Applied Physics

Fellowship Years

2017 - present

From an early age, Andrey has had a passion for understanding how complex phenomena arise from relatively basic underlying principles; whether it be the diverse dynamics of fluid surfaces that result from simple energy minimization, or the remarkable engineering solutions produced by evolutionary algorithms. As a Stanford undergraduate, Andrey directed that interest toward exploring the host of phenomena that emerge in seemingly simple condensed matter systems. Andrey worked with Dr. David Goldhaber-Gordon to experimentally probe the interactions of electrons in moiré graphene - a regime where the addition of a hexagonal superlattice over the graphene lattice produces a fractal electronic energy structure. By independently controlling the electron density on two sides of a junction, he was able to study previously unexplored interactions between edge states in this material. He is currently working to create optically-active quantum dots that can be precisely positioned on a 2D material and electrically controlled, unlike conventional defect-defined dots. Ultimately, he hopes the work will provide new platforms for experimental quantum physics and photonic technologies.

Outside of the lab, Andrey has led numerous engineering projects including a recently record-breaking high altitude balloon system for low cost atmospheric research. He also enjoys sailing, skiing, and other activities that bring him in contact with water.

Andrey graduated from Stanford in 2016 with a BS in theoretical physics and a BS in mathematics. As a Hertz Fellow he will pursue his PhD at Harvard and will aim to advance the frontier of controllable, engineered, quantum systems by leveraging techniques from both condensed matter and AMO physics.

Andrey was born in St. Petersburg, Russia before living in the United Kingdom for nine years and then moving to the United States in 2009.