Miles P. Blencowe

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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.

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HB 6127


Physics and Astronomy


  • B.Sc. (1st Class Hons.), ARCS, Imperial College, London (1986)
  • Ph.D., DIC, Imperial College, London (1989)
  • Postdoctoral Positions: DAMTP, University of Cambridge (1989-91); Enrico Fermi Institute, University of Chicago (1991-3); University of British Columbia (1993-4); Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College (1994-9)

Selected Publications

  • S. Kanhirathinghal, B. L. Brock, A. J. Rimberg, and M. P. Blencowe, Charge sensitivity of a cavity-embedded Cooper pair transistor limited by single-photon shot noise, Journal of Applied Physics 130, 114401 (2021); DOI: 10.1063/5.0062421

  • Hui Wang and Miles Blencowe, Coherently amplifying photon production from vacuum with a dense cloud of accelerating photodetectors, Communications Physics 4, 128 (2021), DOI: 10.1038/s42005-021-00622-3

  • M. P. Blencowe and H. Wang, Analogue gravity on a superconducting chip, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A 378, 20190224 (2020), DOI: 10.1098/rsta.2019.0224

  • William F. Braasch, Jr., Oscar D. Friedman, Alexander J. Rimberg, and Miles P. Blencowe, Wigner current for open quantum systems, Physical Review A 100, 012124 (2019). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevA.100.012124

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Works In Progress

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

  • Gravitationally induced decoherence and entanglement.

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

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

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

  • Quantum music

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