Project Description

Fernando Brandao


Fernando Brandão

I am a theoretical physicist specialising in quantum information theory. I explore the interplay of physics, computer science and mathematics to study the role of quantum mechanics in computation and information transmission. I am also interested in the application of tools and concepts of quantum information to other areas of physics, such as quantum many-body theory, thermodynamics, and statistical mechanics.

I have been exploring several directions in entanglement theory, from understanding the relation between entanglement and other physical properties (such as correlation length and heat capacity) in quantum many-body systems, to developing a sharper understanding of fundamental properties of entanglement such as its monogamous character (with applications in quantum cryptography, quantum Hamiltonian complexity, and even in convex optimisation).

I have also been interested in problems at the intersection of quantum information and statistical mechanics. Examples include finding quantum algorithms for simulating thermal properties of physical systems (which connects with the challenge of understanding the timescales of equilibration for quantum systems) and developing a resource theory view of thermodynamics.

Students and Postdocs