Associate Professor

Martin Fisher School of Physics

Brandeis University

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

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, the main focus of my work 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.)

Throughout calendar-year 2017, I am on sabbatical at the MIT Center for Theoretical Physics, as a Simons Fellow in Theoretical Physics. The best way to contact me is by e-mail.

More about me and my work:

- My C.V. (including a list of my publications)
- My publications on arXiv and Inspire
- My Brandeis Physics Department page
- A two-page description of my recent research
- A few recent blog posts about my work: ReAction, BrandeisNow, Brandeis Science Blog, Brandeis Science Blog

Slides and video from some colloquia, conference talks, and lectures I've given recently:

*Quantum entanglement and the geometry of spacetime*, Carnegie-Mellon and University of Pittsburgh Joint Physics Colloquium, 2017: slides*Quantum entanglement, classical gravity, and convex programming: New connections*, Harvard Center for Mathematical Sciences and Applications Colloquium, 2017: slide*A new perspective on holographic entanglement*: slides; video:*Entanglement entropy, quantum field theory, and holography*, U.S.-India Advanced Studies Institute: Classical And Quantum Information, ICTS Bangalore, 2017: video: lecture 1, lecture 2, lecture 3

Also perhaps of interest:

- my page of useful
*Mathematica*packages - 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