Philippe Meyer Prize awarded to Adam Nahum

2 October 2020

Adam Nahum headshot

Adam Nahum from the University of Oxford’s Department of Physics has been awarded the Philippe Meyer Prize in Theoretical Physics 2020. The prize recognises his ground-breaking contributions to the dynamics of non-integrable quantum many-body systems, in particular through the study of random quantum circuits.

The prize, awarded by the Philippe Meyer Institute of Theoretical Physics at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, this year acknowledges exceptional contributions to the field of statistical physics of out-of-equilibrium systems. It is awarded to young researchers in the first ten years of their scientific career and, as well as a financial award, the recipient is also invited to spend one month as a visitor at the Philippe Meyer Institute of Theoretical Physics.

‘I am honoured to receive this prize, and grateful to all my collaborators and colleagues who have made working in this area such fun,’ comments Nahum, who is currently a Royal Society University Research Fellow.

‘We are incredibly proud of Adam and his outstanding scientific achievements,’ adds Professor Ian Shipsey, Head of Department at the University of Oxford’s Department of Physics. ‘A hot topic in quantum theory during the last few years has been to understand the generation and spreading of correlations and entanglement in quantum chaotic many-particle systems out of equilibrium. Adam has made ground-breaking contributions to these developments by establishing new paradigms, based on simple minimal models. Recently he has also opened up an exciting new direction in non-equilibrium quantum statistical mechanics by showing that the process of quantum measurement, and the associated collapse of the wave function, can lead to new kinds of dynamical phase transitions in open quantum systems. Oxford is a centre of excellence for quantum physics, and Adam and my other colleagues in this area are at the forefront of quantum discovery.'

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