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.

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 an 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.

With
colleagues, I prepared the report of **workshop
on quantum information science** in 2009, and also this earlier **report on quantum
information science **for the National Science Foundation. [A **pdf version **is also
available.]

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

- A colloquium on
**black holes**and the information paradox. -- 21 November 1994 - A colloquium on the
**non-abelian Aharonov-Bohm effect.**-- 15 April 1993 **Foreword to**(with Kip Thorne) -- May 1995, 27 pages*The**Feynman Lectures on Gravitation*- A public lecture about
**quantum information and quantum computation.**-- 15 January 1997 - And a similar talk from
**Proceedings of the IEEE Aerospace Conference.**-- 23 March 1998 - A paper on
**topological quantum computation**(with Walt Ogburn), based on a talk at the 1st Nasa International Conference on Quantum Computing and Quantum Communications -- 18 February 1998 (ps format), and published in**Lecture Notes in Computer Science 1509: 341-356 (1999)** - A talk on
**the future of quantum information science.**-- 28 October 1999, from the NSF Worshop on Quantum Information Science - A "News and Views" piece about
**robust solutions to hard problems**, published in Nature 391, 631-632 (1998) - A "News and Views" piece about
**quantum software**, published in Nature 402, 357-358 (1999) - My
**commentary on the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics** 5 October 2004

Here are links to the
slides for some talks I have given. In some cases, the audio for the talk is
also available.

- A talk on
**topological quantum memory**, delivered at the ITP Conference on Quantum Information. -- 3 December 2001 (html and audio) - A talk on
**quantum computation and the future of physics**, delivered at the Berkeley Workshop on Theory of Computation and the Sciences. 10 May 2002 (pdf) - A talk on
**security of quantum key distribution**, delivered at QIP 2003. 16 December 2002 (pdf and audio) - A talk on
**how more is different**, delivered at the KITP conference on glassy states. 23 May 2003 (html and audio) - A talk on
**superselection rules and quantum protocols**, delivered at the Gordon Research Conference on Quantum Information Science. 23 February 2004 (pdf) - A talk on
**topological quantum computing**, delivered at the KITP conference on exotic order. 7 June 2004 (html and audio) - A talk on
**the cost of quantum fault tolerance**, delivered at QIP 2005. 14 January 2005 (pdf) - A colloquium on
**quantum key distribution**, University of Texas at Austin. 8 September 2005 (pdf) - A talk on
**topological quantum computation**, University of Texas at Austin. 15 September 2005 (pdf) - A pedagogical talk on
**fault-tolerant quantum computation**, KITP. 30 March 2006 (html and audio) - A public lecture on
**quantum information science**, KITP. 3 May 2006 (html and audio) - A talk on
**black holes as mirrors**, KITP. 27 September 2007 (audio and video),

and**slides for a related talk**at the APS March Meeting 12 March 2009 (pdf) - A talk on
**fault-tolerant quantum computation against realistic noise**, delivered at QEC07. 19 December 2007 (pdf) - A talk on
**fault-tolerant quantum computation**, delivered at the Workshop on Quantum Information Science. 23 April 2009 (pdf) - A talk on
**protected gates for robust superconducting qubits**, KITP. 3 December 2009 (audio and video),

and**slides for a related talk**at the Gordon Research Conference 15 August 2012 (pdf) - A talk on
**quantum computing and the entanglement frontier**, Solvay Conference on Physics 19 October 2011 (pdf)

and a**related talk**at QuEST 28 Marck 2011 (pdf) **Address**to annual meeting of the APS Topical Group on Quantum Information (GQI) 29 February 2012 (pdf)- Introduction to Quantum Information,
Canadian Summer School on Quantum Information 11 June 2012 (
**slides**,**lecture 1 video**,**lecture 2 video**) **Quantum error correction and fault tolerance**, QIS Workshop in Computer and Natural Sciences, 29 September 2012 (pdf)

**Information about Physics
219 , a course about quantum information and computation.**

Field Theory
Lecture Notes, from Ph 230, Ph236, Ph 205

**Information about Physics
230 , a course about elementary particle theory.**

**Information about Physics 106 , a
course about classical mechanics.**

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 Hawkings concession****.**

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