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2022 Bloch Fellows
Welcome 2022 Bloch Fellows

Top Row: Yaodong Li, Henry Lin, and Alan Morningstar. Bottom Row: Quynh Nguyen, Chris Overstreet, and Zhendong Zhang.

Yaodong Li's (pictured top left) general interests are in dynamical phenomena in interacting quantum many body systems. His recent focus has been on “phases” of quantum entanglement in open systems, and the new perspectives they bring to quantum error correction. Faculty supervisor is Vedika Khemani. He will start October 1st, 2022.

Henry Lin’s (pictured top center) research uses tools from quantum information theory to understand the interior geometry of quantum black holes. Leonard Susskind is his faculty supervisor. Henry's start date is August 1, 2022.

Alan Morningstar (pictured top right) is interested broadly in quantum many-body dynamics, quantum statistical mechanics, quantum information, and the intersection of these fields. He is also interested in the interactions of these topics with experimental quantum simulation and computing, and in new approaches to addressing the computational challenges that arise in these fields. Faculty supervisor is Vedika Khemani. August 1, 2022 is Alan's start date.

Quynh Nguyen's (pictured bottom left) research focuses on developing and employing X-ray time-resolved spectroscopic and scattering techniques to investigate non-equilibrium dynamics of quantum materials. She joins Q-FARM in March and continues her research at the Linac Coherent Light Source while collaborating with Prof. David Reis, Zhi-Xun Shen, and Matthias Kling groups. She is employed by the Linac Coherent Light Source, and her faculty supervisor is Matthias Kling. Her start date is April 2022.

Chris Overstreet (pictured bottom center) studies fundamental physics by using the techniques of high-precision atom interferometry. His work is applicable to tests of the equivalence principle, measurements of fundamental constants, and searches for dark matter. Mark Kasevich is his faculty supervisor. Chris started in December 2021.

Zhendong Zhang's (pictured bottom right) research focuses on using high-finesse confocal cavity to induce strong light-matter coupling for creation of new phases of matter and novel information storage and processing. His previous work focuses on studying emergent collective phenomenon in driven ultracold atomic and molecular many-body quantum gas systems. Faculty supervisor is Benjamin Lev. Zhendong's start date is September 2022.

2021 Bloch Fellows
2021-22 Bloch Fellows

Yujun Deng, Ryan Duncan, Nick Hunter-Jones, Alex May, Henry Maxfield, and Mihir Pendharkar

Yujun Deng Yujun will join Professor Zhi-Xun Shen's team in September. Yujun's main research interest lies in the field of condensed matter physics and materials science. She is interested in developing novel techniques to study the emergent properties in low-dimensional quantum materials. 

Ryan Duncan Ryan’s research involves the use of time-resolved optical and x-ray scattering techniques to study ultrafast nonequilibrium dynamics in quantum materials. He joined Q-FARM in January, working with Professor David Reis.

Nick Hunter-Jones Nick's focus is quantum information theory and quantum many-body physics. Broad research topics of interest are random quantum circuits, quantum simulation, unitary designs, quantum complexity, information scrambling, and thermalization. Nick's recent work has focused on random quantum circuits, both as models to understand strongly-interacting quantum dynamics as well as platforms for demonstrating exponential quantum advantage and efficient implementations of quantum pseudo-randomness. Nick will arrive in August, collaborating with professors Adam Bouland, Patrick Hayden, Vedika Khemani, and Xiaoliang Qi.

Alex May Alex will join Patrick Hayden's team in September. His research areas are in quantum information theory and quantum gravity, especially within the context of the AdS/CFT correspondence. He is especially interested in using ideas from quantum gravity to learn more about quantum information theory, and in using quantum information insights to better understand quantum gravity in a cosmological setting.

Henry Maxfield Henry's research focuses on quantum theories of gravity, such as quantum aspects of black holes, and connections to quantum chaos and quantum information. He will join us in September, working with Professor Douglas Stanford.

Mihir Pendharkar Mihir's research interests focus on growth of low-dimensional topological materials and in-vacuo fabrication of device heterostructures. Mihir joined us in March and is collaborating with professors Andrew Mannix and David Goldhaber-Gordon.