Broadly speaking, my current work focuses on the idea that spacetime might better be understood as an emergent quantity. The hope is this may help shed light on the many challenges we have faced when trying to understand the nature of spacetime on very small scales. More specifically, and motivated by the holographic principle, I hope to better address the question of how a set of fundamental degrees of freedom might rearrange themselves into the building blocks of spacetime. Inspired by the work of many Stanford colleagues, a large set of tools and concepts once the domain of quantum information theory, such as entanglement entropy, has provided unexpected insights into the possible solutions.
Hartnoll, S. A., Huijse, L., & Mazenc, E. A. (2016). Matrix Quantum Mechanics from Qubits. arXiv:hep-th/1608.05090. Retrieved from https://arxiv.org/abs/1608.05090
Hartnoll, S. A., & Mazenc, E. A. (2015). Entanglement Entropy in Two-Dimensional String Theory. PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS, 115(12).
Kaiser, D. I., Mazenc, E. A., & Sfakianakis, E. I. (2013). Primordial bispectrum from multifield inflation with nonminimal couplings. PHYSICAL REVIEW D, 87(6).