Mathematical Physics Research Group


David W. Lyons, Mathematics
Scott N. Walck, Physics
Lebanon Valley College


The Mathematical Physics Research Group at Lebanon Valley College conducts interdisciplinary, collaborative research involving undergraduate students from mathematics, physics and computer science. Our primary research area is quantum information science. To date we have focused on questions surrounding the phenomenon of quantum entanglement.

Loosely speaking, entanglement is a property of physical systems on the submicroscopic scale that can be used to build computation and communication devices that will perform tasks that are not possible on today's most advanced supercomputers. The prospect of powerful applications motivates entanglement reseach.

Ongoing work of faculty principal investigators David Lyons (Mathematics) and Scott Walck (Physics) centers around the problems of classifying types of entangled states, understanding entanglement as a resource for quantum computation and communication, and exploring the information contained in subsystems of multiparty quantum systems. This project is currently supported by the National Science Foundation.