Prospective grad students
I am happy with work with new grad students or students already at
MIT. 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. 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.
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 arxiv.org.
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. I
am not planning to supervise any UROP students (or other interns) in the summer of 2014.