Brendan Marsh is a Ph.D. candidate in Professor Benjamin Lev’s research group at Stanford University. He investigates light-matter interactions in many-body quantum systems and explores their use as a computational resource. His work more generally includes experimental quantum optics and theoretical methods to describe open quantum systems. He received a master’s degree in applied mathematics and theoretical physics from the University of Cambridge in 2018 and a B.S. in physics and mathematics from the University of Missouri in 2017.
Besides quantum optics and computation, Brendan has worked on problems in the philosophy of quantum theory (with Jeremy Butterfield at the University of Cambridge) and single molecule biophysics (with Gavin King at the University of Missouri). Along with Gavin King, he invented the Hessian blob algorithm, a general-purpose machine vision algorithm which is finding applications in fields ranging from scanning probe microscopy to medical imaging.