Fernando G.S.L. Brandão
Bren Professor of Theoretical Physics
California Institute of Technology
E-mail: fbrandao@caltech.edu

About me: I am a professor of theoretical physics at Caltech division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy and a member of the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter

Previously I was a researcher at Microsoft (2015-2016) and a reader in computer science at University College London (2013-2016). Before that I was a senior researcher at ETH (2012), after being an assistant professor of physics at UFMG (2011-2012). I hold a PhD from Imperial College London  (2008), and was a postdoctoral fellow at Imperial College London (2008-2010) and UFMG (2010-2011). 

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Research:  My research is on quantum information science. I explore
the interplay of physics, computer science and math to study the role of
quantum mechanics in computation and information processing.

I've been particularly interested in the following topics:

- Quantum information theory and entanglement theory
- Quantum many-body physics
- Quantum complexity theory and quantum algorithms
- Connections of quantum computation and information to
statistical mechanics, thermodynamics, computational complexity,
optimization, Markov chains and resource theories

Selected Publications:

Finite Correlation Length Implies Efficient Preparation of Q. Thermal States
Quantum Approximate Markov Chains are Thermal
Quantum Speed-ups for Semidefinite Programming
Estimating Operator Norms with Covering Nets
Equivalence of Statistical Mechanical Ensembles for Quantum Systems
Quantum Gibbs Samplers: The Commuting Case 
Quantum CMI, Reconstructed States, and State Redistribution
Robust Device-Independent Randomness Amplification with Few Devices
Product-State Approximations to Quantum Groundstates
The Second Laws of Quantum Thermodynamics
Quantum de Finetti Theorems under Local Measurements with Applications
Exponential Decay of Correlations Implies Area Law
Hypercontractivity, Sum-of-Squares Proofs, and their Applications
Local Random Circuits are Approximate Polynomial-Designs 
The Resource Theory of Quantum States Out of Thermal Equilibrium
A Quasipolynomial-time Algorithm for the Quantum Separability Problem
Faithful Squashed Entanglement
The Quantum One-Time Pad in the Presence of an Eavesdropper
A Generalization of Quantum Stein's Lemma
Entanglement Theory and the Second Law of Thermodynamics
Strongly Interacting Polaritons in Coupled Arrays of Cavities


Last Update: April 2016