I'm currently a graduate student in mathematics getting my master's degree. I am interested in a bit probability and partial differential equations, and, secondarily, a bit of mathematical physics; most likely quantum information theory. I'll most likely be moving to a different graduate program after completing my master's degree from my current institution , and I'm currently trying to figure out whether there are mathematics departments that have research groups in quantum information theory. I believe I will want to stay in a mathematics department, as I'm not awfully interested in the experimental aspects of quantum information. I'm more interested in the mathematical aspects of the subject, and I'll definitely be applying with the approach where I'll try and cash on my undergraduate background in physics/quantum mechanics, and use my knowledge of math in topology, functional analysis, real analysis etc. to put it to good, meaningful use to solve inter-disciplinary problems.

However, I'm not sure whether there are a large number of math departments in the US that have research groups in quantum information? I know there's one at UC Davis,


and I think the math department at UT Austin collaborates heavily with the physics/cs departments, so I won't be surprised if they have people working in quantum information over there.

I'm not, however, sure whether these departments/research groups are anomalies. It'd be great if someone could nudge me in the right answer to this direction? List of math departments doing quantum information? Or should I look at CS/Physics departments*?

*I don't think I will apply to physics schools because I am not really interested in the experimental aspects, and I don't think I can sum up the courage to take both the math/physics GRE this year, for which I will have to study from the scratch.

  • $\begingroup$ caltech has a top tier department, iqim.caltech.edu/portfolio_category/quantum-information $\endgroup$ – Thoth Feb 20 at 4:56
  • $\begingroup$ @Thoth: Thanks for the suggestion. Any other suggestions, though? Getting into Caltech is quite difficult for almost anyone, even the best of students. $\endgroup$ – user82261 Feb 20 at 4:59
  • $\begingroup$ qit.ethz.ch, not in the US $\endgroup$ – Thoth Feb 20 at 5:00
  • $\begingroup$ Also, I wouldn't focus too much on what department the group is in, if you know for sure you want to do QIT, then you should be focusing on individual professors whose research best aligns with your interests. $\endgroup$ – Thoth Feb 20 at 5:04
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    $\begingroup$ Also also, Scott Aaronson is at UT Austin, he has a blog that might interest you, he's a heavy weight in quantum computational complexity theory, if that flavor of QIT interests you. $\endgroup$ – Thoth Feb 20 at 5:07

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