Dr. Nicole Yunger Halpern

ITAMP Postdoctoral Fellow

Nicole calls her research quantum steampunk: She combines quantum information theory with thermodynamics and applies 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....

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

Nicole writes one article per month for Quantum Frontiers, the blog of Caltech's Institute for Quantum Information and Matter (https://quantumfrontiers.com/author/nyungerhalpern/). Follow Nicole on Twitter @nicoleyh11.

If you're wondering what Nicole's 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."