Yasunori Nomura

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Yasunori Nomura works at the intersection of theoretical particle physics, cosmology, quantum gravity, and quantum information. His current research focus includes the black hole information problem, holographic descriptions of spacetime, and multiverse cosmology. Recently, he has been developing a holographic description of spacetime beyond the conventional framework of AdS/CFT correspondence, relating the tensor network descriptions of quantum states to a certain geometric flow in general spacetime. Yasunori has also made critical advances on the long-standing black hole information puzzle, in particular introducing the idea that the well-known thermality of black holes results from chaotic entanglement between hard and soft modes near the horizon region. This work has shed new light on the way black holes process quantum information.

Yasunori received his Ph.D. from University of Tokyo in 2000, where he held a fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. He was a Miller Research Fellow at University of California, Berkeley from 2000 to 2002, and an Associate Scientist at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory from 2002 to 2003. He joined the Berkeley physics faculty in July 2003. Awards and honors include: DOE Outstanding Junior Investigator Award (2004), Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship (2005), Hellman Fellow (2005), Simons Fellow in Theoretical Physics (2012), and American Physical Society Fellow (2017). Yasunori is now Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of California Berkeley and Director of the Berkeley Center for Theoretical Physics.

Find out more about Yasunori Nomura’s research at the University of California here.