Matthew Headrick

Matthew Headrick

Martin Fisher School of Physics
Brandeis University

E-mail: mph(at)
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Office: Abelson 313
Office hours: 4-5pm Fridays (starting Sept. 10) and by appointment

I am a member of the Brandeis Quantum 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, statistical mechanics, and convex optimization. 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 grants from the U.S. 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.)

During Fall 2021, I am teaching Physics 30a: Electromagnetism and Physics 164a: First-year Tutorial. I also serve as Graduate Advising Head for the Physics Department.

More about me and my work:

Slides & videos from talks I've given recently:

Links to videos of various lectures I've given on entanglement entropy in field theory and holography can be found on page 2 of the corresponding lecture notes.

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