Royal Society University Research Fellow
My research interest is Quantum Theory, in particular the renewed understanding that has been gained with the advent of Quantum Information. The two main sub-areas that I am primarily focused on are Quantum Nonlocality, and Quantum Thermodynamics.
In quantum theory the effects of actions in one place on far away places is much more intricate and fascinating than in classical physics. In particular, quantum theory allows for 'nonlocal' effects, whereby actions in one place seemingly affect another distant place instantaneously, although this can only ever be confirmed later in time. Understanding quantum nonlocality is not only crucial to better understand quantum theory and the way the microscopic world behaves, but also for applications in quantum information processing.
The laws of thermodynamics are some of the most prevalent in the whole of physics. It is fascinating to understand to what extent they apply at the quantum level, especially for small systems - far from their original realm of applicibility. Again, this is not only a way to probe the limits of quantum theory and thermodynamics, but is also relevant for future quantum technologies, where both quantum effects, and thermal effects, will ultimately both play a role.