I am a theoretical physicist, currently a Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UC Davis and a founding member of the Center for Quantum Mathematics and Physics (QMAP).  I am also a member of the Quantum Information Science and Technology (QuIST) at UC Davis, and a co-investigator of the “Complex Quantum Systems and The Quantum Universe” DOE QuantISED Collective.

Research interests

My research interests lie mainly in areas of string theory and quantum gravity.  You can read more about the scientific vision in a broader context at our QMAP pages, here.
Much of my past work has been set in the context of the gauge/gravity duality and black holes (see here for a 2017 public talk wherein I share my fascination with black holes).  More recently, I have been focusing on the fascinating connections to quantum information theory, in particular on the relation between entanglement structure and emergence of dual spacetime.  A broad overview of the status of the field in 2023, which I contributed to as part of the Snowmass process, can be found in the Quantum Information Science review, contextualized within the broader Theory Frontier Summary Report.

You can find most of my papers using the inSPIRE HEP search engine, in the following publication list.

For more details and links to my online talks, please visit my Research pages.

Teaching and outreach

In the 2024/25 academic year, I will teach:

  • Phy 9HA: Honors Physics – Classical Mechanics (fall quarter)
  • Phy 260: General Relativity (fall quarter)
  • Phy 105A: Classical Mechanics (winter quarter)
  • Phy 233: Topics in Geometry and Physics (spring quarter)

For a list of my previous courses and summer school lectures,  please see my Teaching pages.

For a list of my public talks and panel discussions, please see my Outreach pages.

Contact details

Department of Physics
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616

Tel: +1 (530) 238-5434
Fax: +1 (530) 752–4717
Office: 2029 PSEL (QMAP)
Email: veronika@physics.ucdavis.edu

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