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. Since the mid-1990s, 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**.

**Caltech 305-16**

**Pasadena, CA 91125**

**email:
preskill(at)caltech(dot)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. A more complete list of talks since 2019 is
**here**.

**Classical shadows of quantum states**(Simons Institute 2021)**Quantum computing and fundamental physics**(QuantHEP Seminar 2020)**Entanglement explained**(KITP Teachers’ Conference 2020)**The ghost in the radiation: robust encodings of the black hole interior**(KITP 2020)**Perspectives on quantum gravity**(Google X 2019)**Quantum speedups in the NISQ era**(QuICS 2019)**Improving quantum metrology using quantum error correction**(DAMOP 2019)**What’s next after quantum supremacy**(Q2B 2019)**Quantum technology: the search for applications**(Q2B 2018)**Feynman After 40**(APS April Meeting, 2018)- Quantum information and spacetime (QIP
2017):
**Part 1, Part 2** **QEC in 2017: Past, present, and future**(QEC 2017)**Quantum algorithms for simulating quantum field theory**(QuICS, 2017)**Stability, topology, holography: The many facets of quantum error correction**(APS March Meeting, 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.

**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****QIP 2019 After-Dinner Speech****(2019)****Y Combinator podcast**, with Craig Cannon (2018)**Feynman at Caltech, with Kip Thorne**(Feynman 100, 2018)**Singing “One Entangled Evening” with:****Gia Mora**(Caltech, 2016),**Robin Selinger**(APS March Meeting, 2016)**Finding Things Out, with Kip Thorne and Stephen Hawking**(TEDx Caltech, 2011)**Ten Physics Problems for the Next Millennium (selected at Strings 2000)****Millennium Prize Problems in Mathematics (from the Clay Mathematics Institute)****A-hats Team Song**(Caltech quantum optics softball team)**My Dog**(photo and poem)(photo)__My New Dog__**Words of Wisdom: “All I really need to know” by David P. Stern.**