Daniel Harlow
Research Interests
Professor Harlow works on combining quantum mechanics and gravity, focusing on the quantummechanical aspects of black holes and cosmology. Recently he has been using methods from quantum information theory to approach these problems, in particular relating the AdS/CFT correspondence—our best theory of quantum gravity so far—to the theory of quantum error correcting codes. He also works on the general structure of quantum field theory, which despite its venerable age has resisted a fully satisfactory formulation, as well as aspects of classical gravity.
Biographical Sketch
Daniel Harlow was born in Cincinnati, and grew up in Boston and Chicago. He obtained a BA in physics and mathematics from Columbia University in 2006, a PhD in physics from Stanford University in 2012, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton and Harvard before joining MIT in July 2017. He is an avid hiker and pianist.
Life in a hologram
Physicist Daniel Harlow explores an alternate quantum reality in search of fundamental truths to our physical universe.
Awards & Honors
 2020 // Packard Fellow for Science and Engineering
 2019 // New Horizons in Physics Prize "for fundamental insights about quantum information, quantum field theory, and gravity."
 2019 // Sloan Research Fellowship
 2018 // DOE Quantum Information Science Award
 2017 // Simons Foundation "It from Qubit Collaboration'' Principal Investigator
Key Publications

A. Almheiri, X. Dong and D. Harlow, “Bulk Locality and Quantum Error Correction in AdS/CFT,” JHEP 1504, 163 (2015) [arXiv:1411.7041 [hepth]]

X. Dong, D. Harlow and A. C. Wall, “Reconstruction of Bulk Operators within the Entanglement Wedge in GaugeGravity Duality,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 117, no. 2, 021601 (2016) [arXiv:1601.05416 [hepth]].

D. Harlow and H. Ooguri, “Constraints on symmetry from holography,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 122, 191601 (2019) doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.122.191601 [arXiv:1810.05337 [hepth]].