Richard
P. Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics

Division of Physics, Mathematics, and
Astronomy

California Institute of Technology

Curriculum Vitae,
publication
list, and biographical
sketch

I am a theoretical
physicist. Topics I have worked on in the past include the connections between
particle physics and cosmology, properties of topological defects, nonperturbative phenomena in quantum field theory, and
quantum aspects of the early universe and of black holes. For several years, my
central interest has been in the theory of** **quantum information, quantum computing, and quantum error correction.

Broadly
speaking, quantum information science addresses how the principles of quantum
physics can be harnessed to improve the acquisition, transmission, and
processing of information. A quantum computer would be a new type of machine
that, by exploiting the unusual quantum properties of information, could
perform certain types of calculations far more efficiently than any foreseeable
classical computer. I'm particularly interested in developing new schemes for
protecting intricate quantum systems from decoherence
and other sources of error. Here is a **6-minute
animated introduction** to the subject.

For further
information about quantum computation, and other useful links, see the **Physics 219 home
page**.

In 2000 I
founded the **Institute for
Quantum Information** (IQI), as
part of the initiative in **Information
Technology Research **launched by the **National
Science Foundation.** In 2011 the IQI become a part of the **Institute
for Quantum Information and Matter** (IQIM), an **NSF Physics
Frontiers Center** with support from the **Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation**.

**Caltech 305-16**

**Pasadena, CA 91125**

**email:
preskill@theory.caltech.edu **

**Office: 206 Annenberg
Phone: 626-395-6691**

Some
of my publications can be found on the **electronic ArXiv. **Another
useful list of my publications can be found on **google
scholar**. Here is a **complete
publication list**, with links to most of the articles.

Here
are some recent talks I have given.

**Stability, topology, holography: The many facets of quantum error correction**(APS March Meeting, 2016)**Quantum information and spacetime**(GR100, 2016)**Our quantum future**(SQuInT, 2016)- Quantum is different:
**Part 1**,**Part 2**(*One Entangled Evening*, 2016) **Is spacetime a quantum error-correcting code?**(KITP, 2015)**Grand challenges at the interface of quantum information science, particle physics, and computing**(HEPAP, 2015)**Quantum information and black holes**(MIT, 2014)**Emergent Quantum Mechanics**(Breakthrough Prize Symposium, 2014)**Protected qubits for superconducting circuits**(KITP, 2013)- A
**one-hour public**lecture on quantum information (Caltech, 2013) **Introduction to Quantum Information**, two one-hour lectures (2012)**Quantum error correction and fault tolerance**(2012)**Quantum computing and the entanglement frontier**(Solvay Conference on Physics, 2011)

Below are a
few papers that are not readily available elsewhere on the Internet. Some are
transcripts of informal talks I have given.

- My
**commentary on the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics**– 5 October 2004 **Foreword to**(with Kip Thorne) -- May 1995*The**Feynman Lectures on Gravitation*- A colloquium on
**black holes**and the information paradox. -- 21 November 1994 - A colloquium on the
**non-abelian Aharonov-Bohm effect.**-- 15 April 1993

**Information
about Physics
219 , a course about quantum information and computation.
Field Theory
Lecture Notes, from Ph 230, Ph236, Ph 205**

Information about Physics 12b , a course about quantum physics.

Information about Physics 12c , a course about statistical physics.

I
was once briefly almost famous for **winning
a bet **. Alas, this only encouraged me to make **more
bets. ** Details are on the **black hole bets
page **.

Update (24 July 2004): My **comments about Stephen Hawking’s concession****.**

Remembering
Stephen Hawking.

**Ten Physics Problems for the Next Millennium (selected at Strings 2000)****Millennium Prize Problems in Mathematics (from the Clay Mathematics Institute)****Words of Wisdom: “All I really need to know” by David P. Stern.****Physics Colloquium Poems: Erik Winfree , Craig Hogan , Hirosi Ooguri , John Schwarz, Quantum Cryptography, Spin is In, arXiv.org, Lene Hau , Let’s Play CA! , On Quantum Compression, Leon Balents, Eddie Farhi, Jeff Kimble, Anyon, Stephen Hawking, Richard Feynman****Singing “One Entangled Evening” with:****Gia Mora**(Caltech, 2016),**Robin Selinger**(APS March Meeting, 2016)**A-hats Team Song**(Caltech quantum optics softball team)**My Dog**(photo and poem)(photo)__My New Dog__**CPI**(poem)