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Edward Mazenc

Edward Mazenc

Ph.D. Student in Physics, admitted Autumn 2014


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.

Academic Appointments

Ph.D. Student in Physics, admitted Autumn 2014

Honors & Awards

NSF Graduate Research Fellow, National Science Foundation (2013)
Alan Barett Prize (for Thesis), MIT (2013)

Professional Education

MA.St. (Part III), University of Cambridge, Theoretical Physics (2014)
S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Physics (2013)


Hartnoll, S. A., Huijse, L., & Mazenc, E. A. (2016). Matrix Quantum Mechanics from Qubits. arXiv:hep-th/1608.05090. Retrieved from

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).