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Nathan Harshman

Associate Professor and Department Chair, Physics Department of Physics

Professor Harshman pursues research in theoretical physics, focusing his studies on the intersection of quantum information theory and particle physics. Entanglement is a fundamental resource for many future quantum information processing applications like quantum computation and encryption, and Professor Harshman explores how to quantify and detect entanglement in composite particle systems such as molecules and atoms and fundamental particles like electrons and photons. He teaches across the physics curriculum from introductory courses to independent studies on advanced topics.


PhD, Theoretical Particle Physics, University of Texas at Austin
BS, Double major: Physics and English, Duke University

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CAS - Physics
Don Myers Building - 206B
On sabbatical Academic Year 2016-2017
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(202) 885-3479 (Work)
(202) 885-2723 (Fax)

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  • Fall 2018

    • CORE-105 Complex Problems Seminar: The Material World
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Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

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  • Teaching with Technology Award 2007; Center for Teaching Excellence, American University        
  •     Cottrell College Science Award; Research Corporation, 2006-2008    
  •     Fulbright Junior Lectureship; US State Department and Faculty of Physics, University of Trento, Spring 2006    



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