This project will begin with a puzzling problem regarding the role of probability at the nexus of quantum information and statistical mechanics. Statistical mechanics explains the behaviour of everyday objects by averaging over many atoms. Quantum information is a new field, studying systems with very few atoms, but needs statistical mechanics to solve theoretical and technological problems. The link between them is vital, but poorly understood. How can statistical mechanics be fruitful in quantum information, far from its original domain?
Directors: Dr Christopher Timpson (University of Oxford) / Professor Huw Price (University of Cambridge)
Sponsor: John Templeton Foundation
Webpage: Information At The Quantum Physics/Statistical Mechanics Nexus