Maria Quadeer (PhD student at UTS)
I am working on a problem in quantum thermodynamics, as the third year of Ph.D. dawns upon me. The basic program is to characterise thermodynamic processes involving partial thermalisation which can be roughly defined as finite-time interactions between the system and the bath that leave the system not exactly in the Gibbs state but “somewhere” near it. Previously, I worked on minimax quantum state estimation with Bregman divergence as the metric generalising the corresponding results for Relative entropy. However, more broadly, I am interested in Quantum Information theory. To justify the interest and aspiration I work out portions of the book on the subject by John Watrous when feeling exceptionally pumped over weekends. When bored I read fiction by Franz Kafka and anthropological works by Noam Chomsky and David Graeber.