Anthony J. Short

Cambridge University, United Kingdom

Anthony J. Short received M.Phys. and D.Phil. degrees in physics from the University of Oxford, in 1999 and 2004, respectively. He then worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Physics Department at the University of Bristol, as part of the Quantum Computation and Information Theory Group. In 2007, Dr. Short moved to Cambridge to take up a Royal Society University Research Fellowship, investigating foundational insights from quantum information theory at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. A major focus of Dr. Short's research has been applying tools and concepts from quantum information theory to long-standing problems in the foundations of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. In particular, he has played a key role in proving that almost all quantum states look canonical on a small subsystem, that small subsystems generically evolve to an equilibrium state and stay close to it for the vast majority of time, and that large closed systems will appear to equilibrate given realistic measurement capabilities. Dr. Short has also helped clarify the connection between the information-theoretic and thermodynamic entropy, and the thermodynamic cost of erasure.

Biography Updated on 17 January 2012

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