Miles P. Blencowe

Academic Appointments

Eleanor and A. Kelvin Smith Distinguished Professor in Physics

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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Shattuck Observatory
HB 6127


  • 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

  • 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

  • Hui Wang, M. P. Blencowe, C. M. Wilson, and A. J. Rimberg, Mechanically generating entangled photons from the vacuum: A microwave circuit-acousticresonator analog of the oscillatory Unruh effect, Physical Review A 99, 053833 (2019). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevA.99.053833

  • Hui Wang, M. P. Blencowe, A. D. Armour, and A. J. Rimberg, Quantum dynamics of a Josephson junction driven cavity mode system in the presence of voltage bias noise, Physical Review B 96, 104503 (2017). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.96.104503

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Works In Progress

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

  • Gravitationally induced decoherence.

  • 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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