Matthew Headrick

Matthew Headrick

Associate Professor
Martin Fisher School of Physics
Brandeis University

Office: Abelson 313
Office phone: 781-736-2858
E-mail: mph(at)

I am a member of the Brandeis High-Energy and Gravitational Theory Group. My research spans a variety of areas of theoretical and mathematical physics, including string theory, quantum field theory, quantum gravity, general relativity, geometry, quantum information theory, and statistical mechanics. Recently, my main focus has been on the use of concepts and tools from quantum information theory, such as entanglement entropies, to better understand field theories, gravitational theories, and holographic dualities connecting them.

My work is supported by a National Science Foundation CAREER award, by a grant from the Department of Energy, and by It from Qubit: Simons Collaboration on Quantum Fields, Gravity, and Information, a multi-institution grant from the Simons Foundation of which I serve as Deputy Director.

We are always looking for talented graduate students to join our group. If you are interested, please apply to our Ph.D. program. (I read applications only through the university's admissions process; please do not send your CV or other application materials directly to me.)

In Fall 2016, I will be teaching Physics 202: Quantum Field Theory. (This course is tentatively scheduled for MW 3:30-4:50. Please let me know if you are interested in taking it but have a conflict at that time.)

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