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Jonathan Oppenheim

Professor Jonathan Oppenheim

Research Fellow


University College London

Research summary

Quantum information theory

Understanding information in the quantum world is one of the key components of my work. I am primarily motivated by the fact that information theory offers new mathematical tools to understand physical theories such as quantum mechanics, field theory, and possible alternative theories. It also allows for new applications such as the quantum computer which researchers are trying to build, and which will be able to solve hard mathematical problems in a short time. I am also interested in applying insights from quantum information theory to other areas of physics, in particular, black hole thermodynamics and quantum gravity.

In addition to my work in pure quantum information, I am also interested in quantum

gravity, and in black holes. The quantum theory of gravity is expected to lead to

revisions of our classical ideas of gravity, and probably our notion of quantum

mechanics. Thus, exploring the interface between the fields of quantum gravity and

quantum information is a potentially fruitful endeavour. Perhaps the most important

arena of study in this regard, is the black hole. It is in black holes, where gravitational

effects become so strong, that quantum effects become important. The black hole has

an entropy, which is believed to have a quantum mechanics origin. Thus, understanding

the origin of this entropy is a key goal of many physicists.

Interests and expertise (Subject groups)

Grants awarded

Quantum information science: Tools and applications for fundamental physics

Scheme: Wolfson Research Merit Awards

Dates: Oct 2013 - Sep 2018

Value: £60,000

Quantum information theory and its applications

Scheme: University Research Fellowship

Dates: Oct 2010 - Sep 2013

Value: £307,127.66

Quantum Information, Entanglement, and Cryptography

Scheme: University Research Fellowship

Dates: Oct 2005 - Sep 2010

Value: £279,611.72

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