Nicole Yunger Halpern

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Caltech (Physics)

Nicole Yunger Halpern is a Fellow in the Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science (QuICS) and an adjunct assistant professor in the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies.

Yunger Halpern reenvisions 19th-century thermodynamics for the 21st century, using the mathematical toolkit of quantum information (QI) theory. She applies QI thermodynamics as a lens through which to view the rest of science, gaining new perspectives on atomic, molecular and optical physics, condensed matter, chemistry, high-energy physics, and biophysics. Yunger Halpern calls this research “quantum steampunk,” after the steampunk genre of art and literature that juxtaposes Victorian settings with futuristic technologies. Go here for an overview.

She received her doctorate in physics from Caltech in 2018. Yunger Halpern's thesis won the international Ilya Prigogine Prize for a thermodynamics dissertation. She is continuing in her post as an ITAMP Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University until summer 2021.

Go here to view Yunger Halpern's academic publications on Google Scholar. Her blog can be found here.