Aram Harrow, Assistant Professor of Physics

Associate Professor of Physics

EMAIL: aram@mit.edu

PHONE: (617) 253-5723

OFFICE: 6-416A

ASSISTANT: Charles Suggs (617) 253-8363


Area of Physics:

Quantum Computing and Quantum Information

Research Interests

Aram Harrow's research focuses on quantum information and computing. He works to understand the capabilities of the quantum computers and quantum communication devices we will build in the future, and in the process, he creates connections to other areas of theoretical physics, mathematics and computer science.

As a graduate student, Harrow developed the idea of "coherent classical communication", which along with his work on the resource inequality method, has greatly simplified our understanding of quantum information theory. Harrow has also done foundational work on the role of representation theory in quantum algorithms and quantum information theory. In 2008, Harrow, Hassidim and Lloyd developed a quantum algorithm for solving linear systems of equations that provides a rare example of an exponential quantum speedup for a practical problem. Recently Harrow has been investigating properties of entanglement, such as approximate "superselection" and "monogamy" principles. The goal of this work is to better understand not only entanglement and its uses, but also the related areas of quantum communication, many-body physics and even convex optimization.

Biographical Sketch

Aram Harrow grew up in Michigan before attending MIT for his undergraduate (math and physics, 2001) and graduate (physics, 2005) degrees. He then served as a lecturer in the math and computer science departments of the University of Bristol for five years, and as a research assistant professor at the University of Washington for two years. In 2013, he joined the MIT Physics department as an assistant professor.

Selected Publications

Professor Harrow's publications are available online on arXiv.org.

Last updated on July 5, 2017 9:34 AM