Miles P. Blencowe

Academic Appointments

Eleanor and A. Kelvin Smith Distinguished Professor in Physics

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My work as a theoretical physicist centres on addressing the fundamental question concerning how our macroscopic, classical world of everyday experience emerges from the microscopic, counterintuitive quantum world. Relevant investigations range from collaborating with experimentalists (Alex Rimberg, Dartmouth; Keith Schwab, Caltech) and theorists (Andrew Armour, Nottingham) on mesoscale electro(opto)mechanical systems that straddle the micro-macro worlds ... to constructing fundamental theories on the possible role of gravity as an enforcer of classicality in the macroscopic domain. I also work on analogue gravity in superconducting circuit systems, in particular finding ways to demonstrate Hawking radiation from analogue event horizons (in collaboration with Haruna Katayama, Hiroshima). And I have been exploring ways to use sound to learn about the quantum realm, both through creating quantum soundscapes (sonifying data from quantum device experiments) and quantum music. 

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Physics and Astronomy


  • B.Sc. (1st Class Hons.), ARCS, Imperial College, London
  • Ph.D., DIC, Imperial College, London
  • Postdoctoral Positions: DAMTP, University of Cambridge; Enrico Fermi Institute, University of Chicago; University of British Columbia; Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College

Selected Publications

  • H. Wang, F. Giacomini, F. Nori, and M. P. Blencowe, Relational superposition measurements with a material quantum ruler, Quantum 8, 1335 (2024). DOI: 10.22331/q-2024-05-06-1335

  • J. Yant and M. Blencowe, Gravitationally induced entanglement in a harmonic trap, Phys. Rev. D 107, 106018 (2023). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.107.106018

  • H. Katayama, N. Hatakenaka, T. Fujii, and M. P. Blencowe, Analog black-white hole solitons in traveling wave parametric amplifiers with superconducting nonlinear asymmetric inductive elements, Phys. Rev. Research 5, L022055 (2023). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevResearch.5.L022055  

  • Q. Xu and M. P. Blencowe, Optomechanical quantum entanglement mediated by acoustic phonon fields, Phys. Rev. Lett. 129, 203604 (2022); DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.129.203604

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Works In Progress

  • Book project (Oxford University Press): Mechanical Systems in the Quantum Regime.

  • Gravitationally induced decoherence and entanglement.

  • Quantum music

  • Analogue relativistic quantum field and spacetime effects in superconducting circuits.

  • Quantum versus classical dynamics of ultrastrong coupling opto(electro)mechanical systems.

  • Quantum dynamics of strongly nonlinear, low noise superconducting circuits.

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