Assistant Professor
Phone: 
(65) 6592 1843 

Email: 
tomasz.paterek@ntu.edu.sg  
Webpage: 

Education: 
MSC  Marie Curie Sklodowska University PhD  University of Gdansk, Poland 
Research Area:  Quantum foundations: * Foundations of physics * Quantum information and computation * Correlations between physical systems * Quantum biology 
I am interested in foundations and limits of quantum mechanics and in studies on the border between quantum physics and other fields of science such as information theory, computing, mathematics, biology or gravity. In everyday research I try using concepts with clear operational meaning in order to easily translate obtained theoretical results into the language of experiments. Here is a brief description of a few exemplary topics of interest. 
Foundations of physics 
We would like to look for physical principles behind quantum formalism, ideally those that could be put to test in a laboratory. A promising avenue is to look for informationtheoretical laws. We recently identified information causality as an example of such a principle and would like to understand more what are its implications. 
Quantum information and computation 
Many distributed parties can solve certain problems better if they share strictly quantum correlations. We would like to ask which correlations obtained on spatially separated systems can be mapped into temporal correlations between measurements on a single system? An answer to this question may simplify practical implementations of the quantum protocols and may shed some new light on the relations between space and time in quantum mechanics.

Correlations between physical systems 
Quantum systems can be correlated in ways inaccessible to classical objects. We want to study different types of nonclassical correlations, their production, distribution, identification, operational meaning and quantification. How would the world look like if there were also nonquantum correlations in it?

Quantum biology 
Recent studies suggest that quantum mechanics may be essential in explaining certain biological processes like photosynthesis, sense of smell or magnetic compass of migratory birds. We would like to know to which extend strictly quantum mechanisms are important by studying present models of these phenomena and proposing new models.

1.  J. N. Bandyopadhyay, T. Paterek, D. Kaszlikowski, Quantum coherence and sensitivity of avian magnetoreception, arXiv:1204.6528 
2.  T. K. Chuan, J. Maillard, K. Modi, T. Paterek, M. Paternostro, M. Piani, Quantum discord bounds the amount of distributed entanglement, arXix:1203:1268 
3.  K. Modi, A. Brodutch, H. Cable, T. Paterek, V. Vedral, Quantum discord and other measures of quantum correlations, arXiv:1112.6238 
4.  T. Paterek, J. Kofler, R. Prevedel, P. Klimek, M. Aspelmeyer, A. Zeilinger, C. Brukner, Logical independence and quantum randomness, New J. Phys. 12, 013019 (2010). 
5.  M. Pawlowski, T. Paterek, D. Kaszlikowski, V. Scarani, A. Winter, M. Zukowski, Information causality as a physical principle, Nature 461, 1101 (2009). 