DANIEL L. HARLOW, Assistant Professor of Physics

Zacharias Career Development Assistant Professor of Physics

EMAIL: harlow@mit.edu

PHONE: (617) 253-4866

OFFICE: 6-405



Area of Physics:

Quantum Field Theory and Astrophysics

Research Interests

Professor Harlow works on combining quantum mechanics and gravity, focusing on the quantum-mechanical aspects of black holes and cosmology. Recently he has been using methods from quantum information theory to approach these problems, in particular relating the AdS/CFT correspondence—our best theory of quantum gravity so far—to the theory of quantum error correcting codes. He also works on the general mathematical structure of quantum field theory, which despite its venerable age has resisted a fully satisfactory formulation.

Biographical Sketch

Daniel Harlow was born in Cincinnati, and grew up in Boston and Chicago. He obtained a BA in physics and mathematics from Columbia University in 2006, a PhD in physics from Stanford University in 2012, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton and Harvard before joining MIT in July 2017. He is a member of the Simons Foundation "It from Qubit" Collaboration, and is an avid hiker and pianist. Harlow was awarded the 2019 New Horizons in Physics Prize "for fundamental insights about quantum information, quantum field theory, and gravity."

Selected Publications


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