Yuri Lensky is particularly interested in understanding
quantum systems, where many such simple puzzles lead to profound insights and connections.
from his current research, just asking why, when, and how the standard thermal
ensemble of quantum mechanics work has led connections to
random matrix theory, quantum chaos, and even potentially quantum gravity.
His first exposure to physics was at a local library,
words he had only seen as props in Sherlock Holmes stories, “chemistry
(not the CRC handbook), adorned the cover of a textbook. His
studies of carbon nanotube manufacture in high school led to his first exposure
to MIT and research-grade theoretical physics at the Research Science Institute
program, where he tested classical methods of optimizing quantum information
channels. As an undergraduate he explored research in computer science and
math, but finally returned to physics under Professor Wolfgang Ketterle.
In the spring of his junior year, while
doing what was a standard numerical calculation for the lab, he noticed there
was not a systematic way to construct maximally localized wave
that were needed for the simulations. At the same time, he was beginning a study of graphene physics under Professor Leonid Levitov.
In the middle of the summer the topic of MLWFs came up, and Professor
pointed out that this was a new method altogether, and of use to other groups!
That same summer he and Professor Levitov worked out a novel solution to another
simply stated problem (an electron in an electric field!).
focused him on learning the deep structure of physics by seriously studying
questions at least anyone in the field could ask. Now
University, as a first year graduate student, Yuri is pursuing
PhD in theoretical
with the support of the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Fellowship.
While born in Russia, Yuri is
from New York City, New York