Assistant Professor

Martin Fisher School of Physics

Brandeis University

Office: Abelson 310

Office phone: 781-736-2858

E-mail: `mph(at)brandeis.edu`

I am a member of the Brandeis High-Energy and Gravitational Theory Group. My research interests are in various areas of theoretical and mathematical physics, including string theory, quantum field theory, quantum gravity, general relativity, geometry, quantum information theory, and statistical mechanics. My research currently focuses 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 the National Science Foundation under a CAREER grant.

During the spring semester of 2014, I am teaching Physics 162b: Quantum Mechanics II. During the fall semester, I will be teaching Physics 31b: Quantum Theory II and Physics 162a: Quantum Mechanics I. If you are considering taking one of these courses, please see this note.

More about me:

- my C.V. (including a list of my publications)
- a brief research statement
- my Physics Department web page

- Overview: Entanglement Entropy (seminar; 2014)
- What Can Entanglement Entropy Teach Us about General Relativity? (seminar; 2013)
- Properties of Entropy in Holographic Theories (seminar; 2013)
- Are Quantum Field Theories Characterized by Their Entanglement Entropies? (seminar; 2013)
- Quantum Information and Entanglement in Holographic Theories (seminar; 2012)
- Holography and Entanglement (10-minute colloquium; 2010)
- Gravity, Entropy, and Entanglement (colloquium; 2010)
- Calabi-Yau Metrics for Dummies (seminar; 2009)
- Hedgehog Black Holes and the Deconfinement Transition (seminar; 2007)
- The Uses of Ricci Flow (seminar; 2007)
- Scale Transformations and the Dynamics of String Theory (colloquium; 2007)

- a compendium of useful formulas, mostly lifted from various textbooks such as Wald's
*General Relativity*and Polchinski's*String Theory*, together with a few of my own shallow insights - a brief semi-popular introduction to tachyons in modern physics
- a 19-page set of lecture notes on linear algebra and its applications in physics (suitable for advanced physics undergraduates)