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Nicole Yunger Halpern

Center for Astrophysics


Nicole Yunger Halpern earned her PhD at Caltech, winning the international Ilya Prigogine Prize for a thermodynamics thesis. Nicole re-envisions 19th-century thermodynamics for the 21st century using the mathematical toolkit of quantum information theory. She calls this research “quantum steampunk,” after the steampunk genre of art and literature that juxtaposes Victorian settings with futuristic technologies.