Prospective grad students

I am happy with work with new grad students or students already at MIT. For students already here, I can supervise students not only in physics, but also other departments such as math or computer science. I would also be happy with co-supervising arrangements. However, if you are a prospective student applying to a department other than physics, you should also have an advisor or co-advisor in mind from that department. If you have a specific topic in mind you'd like to work with me on, or have other questions, then email me. It isn't necessary to contact faculty before applying, but doing so can help decide whether we would be a good fit. It also isn't necessary to choose an advisor when entering MIT.

Possible projects

Take a look at my papers and talks for a sense of what I am currently working on. In general my interests include core areas of quantum information, such as quantum algorithms, complexity and information theory, as well as applications of these ideas to other fields, such as optimization or condensed-matter physics.

Advice for applying

Your application should mention the name of any professor you are possibly interested in working with; this way the admissions committee will tell us about your application. If you've done research, then it would be helpful if your work were available online, even if only on your personal webpage or on

Prospective undergrad students

To do theory work in quantum computing, students should have at least taken quantum mechanics through 8.05 or the equivalent. Taking a class on quantum computing would be a plus; see also these resources for learning more about quantum information. Funding may be available through the MIT UROP program for MIT students; please note the deadlines there.

Summer interns

At the moment I am not looking for any summer interns from outside MIT.