Ethan Lake

2017 Hertz Fellow
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Ethan Lake is a Postdoc at the University of California Berkeley as a Miller Fellow.

doctoral student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, working in condensed matter theory.

He recieved his undergraduate degree at the University of Utah and is interested in a wide range of topics in theoretical physics. He began his research career in computational astrophysics, later flirted with pure mathematics, and is currently working on problems in the overlap between condensed matter theory and quantum information theory. He has published six first-author papers in the last two years, on subjects including unconventional superconductivity, the detection of extrasolar asteroid belts, and topological quantum field theory.

His graduate research aimed to focus on several different research problems. First, he aimed to continue his work on topological quantum computation, both by extending his studies of the mathematical foundations of topological field theory, and by making predictions for how topological qubits behave in experimentally relevant materials.

He also aimed to use ideas from quantum information theory to understand deep questions involving quantum entanglement and black hole physics. He believes that progress in this direction will enable these questions to be addressed by studying information-theoretic properties of quantum many-body systems, and hopes that his background in condensed matter theory will allow him to push the field in new directions.

He enjoys thinking about physics while climbing and skiing in the mountains around Salt Lake City, and can often be seen playing various musical instruments. He was born in Morristown, New Jersey.

Graduate Studies

PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Undergraduate Studies

University of Utah

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