Splash Biography

JOSHUAH HEATH, Ph.D. Candidate at BC in Theoretical Physics

Major: Physics

College/Employer: BC

Year of Graduation: 2021

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I graduated in 2015 from the University of Vermont with dual degrees in physics and pure mathematics. I began my Ph.D. in Fall of 2015, where I have been working with Profs. Kevin Bedell, Fazel Tafti, and Xiao Chen on problems in strongly-correlated systems. In August 2021, I will be joining Dartmouth College as a postdoctoral associate, where I will study problems at the interface of condensed matter physics, quantum information, and quantum complexity theory.

Past Classes

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S2028: How useful are quantum computers? in BC_Splash BC Splash Spring 2021 (Mar. 28, 2021)
Interest in quantum computers has grown rapidly in the past few years, but how useful they are (a problem known as "quantum supremacy") is still an open question. In this mini-course, I will introduce the concept of entanglement, how quantum computers differ from classical computers, the basics of quantum complexity theory, and the kinds of questions quantum computers can solve (and can't solve).

S1790: An Introduction to Einstein: The Special and General Theories of Relativity in Splash Fall 2018 (Nov. 04, 2018)
I will discuss the basics of special and general relativity at a high-school level. We will be going over length contraction, time dilation, gravitational waves, black holes, and wormholes, to name a few. No previous knowledge of physics is required.