Dr. Nicole Yunger Halpern

ITAMP Postdoctoral Fellow

I call my research quantum steampunk: I combine quantum information theory with thermodynamics and apply the combination across science. Topics touched on include atomic, molecular, and optical physics; condensed matter; chemistry, high-energy physics; and biophysics. For the story behind the name "quantum steampunk," see https://quantumfrontiers.com/2018/07/29/so-long-and-thanks-for-all-the-f....

I completed my PhD in physics in 2018, under John Preskill's auspices at Caltech. My thesis won the biennial Ilya Prigogine Prize for a thermodynamics PhD thesis in 2019. Before joining Caltech, I earned a Masters in Physics at the Perimeter Scholars International (PSI) program of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. For my PSI essay, I worked with Rob Spekkens and Markus P. Müller. Earlier, I worked as a research assistant in condensed-matter theory with Henning Schomerus at Lancaster University in the UK. I earned her Bachelors at Dartmouth College, where I graduated as a co-valedictorian of my class.

I write one article per month for Quantum Frontiers, the blog of Caltech's Institute for Quantum Information and Matter (https://quantumfrontiers.com/author/nyungerhalpern/). You can find me on Twitter @nicoleyh11.

If you're wondering what my last name, or family name, is, you're not the first person to do so. The name is "Yunger Halpern," consisting of two parts separated by a space, not a hyphen. The "Yunger" contains no "o."