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Professor of Physics
BioBruce Macintosh's research focusses on the study of extrasolar planets, in particular the study of such planets through direct imaging, and on using adaptive optics to shape the wavefronts of light for a variety of applications. Direct imaging of extrasolar planets involves blocking, suppressing, and subtracting the light of the bright parent star so that a planet hundreds of thousands of times fainter can be seen and studied in detail. Prof. Macintosh is the Principal Investigator of the Gemini Planet Imager http://planetimager.org/ ,an advanced adaptive optics planet-finder for the Gemini South telescope,. He also leads a Science Investigation Team for the coronagraph instrument on the WFIRST mission, focused on imaging and spectroscopy of extrasolar planets.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Physics
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMy research interests are wide-ranging:
1) In the context of gravity, how does spacetime emerge from its dual quantum system? How does the dual quantum system encode the answers to questions that involve local physics in semi-classical gravity? How do you avoid the "firewall" paradox in the context of black-hole evaporation?
2) How do you calculate electrical and heat currents in strongly-coupled many-body systems? How do you explain the linear-in-temperature resistivity in high-temperature cuprates?
3) Use tensor network methods to study electrical and heat transport and also the real-time dynamics of systems out of thermal equilibrium.
Ph.D. Student in Physics, admitted Autumn 2017
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsQuantum Computing, Condensed Matter Theory and Machine Learning.
Student Office Assistant In Sitp, Physics
Undergraduate, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
BioAnna "Annika" Mauro is from Arcata, CA and is known for her unadulterated enthusiasm and insatiable curiosity. Her main interests are in math, math education, philosophy, visual art, graphic design, and music as a harpist.
Ph.D. Student in Physics, admitted Autumn 2014
BioBroadly speaking, my current work focuses on the idea that spacetime might better be understood as an emergent quantity. The hope is this may help shed light on the many challenges we have faced when trying to understand the nature of spacetime on very small scales. More specifically, and motivated by the holographic principle, I hope to better address the question of how a set of fundamental degrees of freedom might rearrange themselves into the building blocks of spacetime. Inspired by the work of many Stanford colleagues, a large set of tools and concepts once the domain of quantum information theory, such as entanglement entropy, has provided unexpected insights into the possible solutions.