# Robert Myers

Director, Perimeter Institute

BMO Financial Group Isaac Newton Chair in Theoretical Physics

Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

Areas of research:

### Research Interests

I am a member of the Quantum Fields and Strings group at Perimeter. While I have broad interests in theoretical physics, my research has primarily focused on gravitational aspects of string theory. Much of my recent work has involved developing applications of a set of theoretical tools that has emerged from string theory, known as the AdS/CFT correspondence or more broadly as gauge/gravity duality. Currently, I am also very interested in studying the growing connections between quantum gravity and quantum information theory.

### Positions Held

- Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2017
- Acting Director, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, 2017
- Acting Director, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, 2015
- Chair of the Faculty, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, 2011-2018
- Faculty Chair, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, 2010-2018
- Adjunct Professor, Department of Physics, University of Waterloo, 2008-2009
- Interim Scientific Director, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, 2007-2008
- Visiting Physicist, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2006-2007
- Visiting Physicist, Centre de Physique Theorique, Ecole Polytechnique, 2006-present
- Visiting Physicist, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2004-present
- Full Professor, Department of Physics, University of Waterloo, 2003-2008
- Visiting Physicist, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2003-2008
- Adjunct Professor, Department of Physics, University of Waterloo, 2001-2003
- Full Professor, Department of Physics, McGill University, 2000-2003
- Visiting Physicist, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1999
- Visiting Physicist, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1997-1998
- Associate Professor, Department of Physics, McGill University, 1994-1999
- Visiting Physicist, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1993
- Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, McGill University, 1989-1994
- Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1986-1989

### Awards

- Ranked Among Best Scientists for 2023, Research.com, 2023
- 2023 CAP Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Physics, Canadian Asssociation of Physicists, 2023
- Highly Cited Researcher, Clarivate Analytics, 2021
- Simons VarXiv project, Co-PI, Simons Foundation, 2020-2023
- "It from Qubit" Collaboration Grant, Simons Foundation, 2019-2023
- Discovery Grant, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), 2019-2024
- Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Waterloo, 2018
- Simons Emmy Noether Fellow Program, Co-PI, Simons Foundation, 2018-2023
- Highly Cited Researcher, Clarivate Analytics, 2017
- Highly Cited Researcher, Clarivate Analytics, 2016
- World's Most Infuential Scientific Minds, Thomson Reuters, 2015
- World's Most Influential Scientific Minds, Thomson Reuters, 2014
- Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, Governor General of Canada, 2013
- Vogt Medal, Canadian Association of Physicists and TRIUMF, 2012
- Paper selected as a highlight of 2008-2009, Editorial Board of Classical and Quantum Gravity, 2009
- Elected fellow of the Society for having achieved distinction, Royal Society of Canada, 2006
- Prize in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics, CAP-CRM, 2005
- Herzberg Medal, Canadian Association of Physicists, 1999
- Appointed Associate Member of the Program on Cosmology and Gravity, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, 1998
- Essay Contest, 1st place, Gravity Research Foundation, 1988
- Alumni Gold Medal, University of Waterloo, 1982
- Joseph Henry Award, Princeton University, 1982
- Lloyd G. Elliot Prize, Canadian Association of Physicists, 1982
- NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship, Princeton University, 1982

### Recent Publications

- Myers, R. C., Ruan, S. -M., & Ugajin, T. (n.d.). Double holography of entangled universes. Journal of High Energy Physics, 2024(7), 35. doi:10.1007/jhep07(2024)035
- Bernamonti, A., Galli, F., Myers, R. C., & Reyes, I. A. (2024). Rényi second laws for black holes. arxiv:2407.01753v1
- Chen, H. Z., Myers, R., & Raclariu, A. -M. (2024). Entanglement, soft modes, and celestial holography. Physical Review D, 109(12), l121702. doi:10.1103/physrevd.109.l121702
- Caminiti, J., Friedman-Shaw, B., May, A., Myers, R. C., & Papadoulaki, O. (2024). Holographic scattering and non-minimal RT surfaces. arxiv:2404.15400v2
- Myers, R. C., & Ruan, S. -M. (2024). Complexity Equals (Almost) Anything. arxiv:2403.17475v1
- Myers, R. C., Ruan, S. -M., & Ugajin, T. (2024). Double Holography of Entangled Universes. arxiv:2403.17483v1
- Chen, H. Z., Myers, R., & Raclariu, A. -M. (2024). Entanglement, Soft Modes, and Celestial CFT. arxiv:2403.13913v1
- Abajian, J., Aprile, F., Myers, R. C., & Vieira, P. (n.d.). Correlation functions of huge operators in AdS3/CFT2: domes, doors and book pages. Journal of High Energy Physics, 2024(3), 118. doi:10.1007/jhep03(2024)118
- Abajian, J., Aprile, F., Myers, R. C., & Vieira, P. (n.d.). Holography and correlation functions of huge operators: spacetime bananas. Journal of High Energy Physics, 2023(12), 58. doi:10.1007/jhep12(2023)058
- Chen, H. Z., Myers, R. C., & Raclariu, A. -M. (2023). Entanglement, Soft Modes, and Celestial Holography. arxiv:2308.12341v1
- Jørstad, E., Myers, R. C., & Ruan, S. -M. (n.d.). Complexity=anything: singularity probes. Journal of High Energy Physics, 2023(7), 223. doi:10.1007/jhep07(2023)223
- Abajian, J., Aprile, F., Myers, R. C., & Vieira, P. (2023). Correlation Functions of Huge Operators in AdS$_3$/CFT$_2$: Domes, Doors and Book Pages. doi:10.48550/arxiv.2307.13188
- Baiguera, S., Berman, R., Chapman, S., & Myers, R. C. (n.d.). The cosmological switchback effect. Journal of High Energy Physics, 2023(7), 162. doi:10.1007/jhep07(2023)162
- Abajian, J., Aprile, F., Myers, R. C., & Vieira, P. (2023). Holography and Correlation Functions of Huge Operators: Spacetime Bananas. doi:10.48550/arxiv.2306.15105
- Belin, A., Myers, R. C., Ruan, S. -M., Sárosi, G., & Speranza, A. J. (n.d.). Complexity equals anything II. Journal of High Energy Physics, 2023(1), 154. doi:10.1007/jhep01(2023)154
- Jørstad, E., Myers, R. C., & Ruan, S. -M. (n.d.). Holographic complexity in dSd+1. Journal of High Energy Physics, 2022(5), 119. doi:10.1007/jhep05(2022)119
- Grimaldi, G., Hernandez, J., & Myers, R. C. (2022). Quantum extremal islands made easy. Part IV. Massive black holes on the brane. Journal of High Energy Physics, 2022(3), 136. doi:10.1007/jhep03(2022)136
- Belin, A., Myers, R. C., Ruan, S. -M., Sárosi, G., & Speranza, A. J. (2022). Does Complexity Equal Anything?. Physical Review Letters, 128(8), 081602. doi:10.1103/physrevlett.128.081602
- Hernandez, J., Myers, R. C., & Ruan, S. -M. (n.d.). Quantum extremal islands made easy. Part III. Complexity on the brane. Journal of High Energy Physics, 2021(2), 173. doi:10.1007/jhep02(2021)173
- Chen, H. Z., Fisher, Z., Hernandez, J., Myers, R. C., & Ruan, S. -M. (n.d.). Evaporating black holes coupled to a thermal bath. Journal of High Energy Physics, 2021(1), 65. doi:10.1007/jhep01(2021)065

### Seminars

- Panel Discussion - Black hole puzzles (Di Filippo, Gregory, Holdom, Myers, Stelle), Puzzles in the Quantum Gravity Landscape: viewpoints from different approaches, 2023/10/26, PIRSA:23100015
- Complexity = (almost) anything, It from Qubit 2023, 2023/08/01, PIRSA:23080005
- test, 2023/07/31
- Complexity = (Almost) Anything, Gravity, Strings and Fields: A Conference in Honour of Gordon Semenoff, University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada, 2023/06/26
- Scanning New Horizons: Information, Holography and Gravity, 2023 CAP Congress, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada, 2023/06/21
- Complexity = (Almost) Anything, International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Brazil, 2023/06/17
- Panel Discussion: Open questions in Black Holes, Quantum Simulators of Fundamental Physics, 2023/06/07, PIRSA:23060016
- Complexity = Anything, APS April Meeting 2023 Minneapolis, Minnesota (Apr 15-18), American Physical Society, College Park, United States, 2023/04/15
- SciCollider Conference, Perimeter Institute, Waterloo, Canada, 2023/04/12
- Complexity = Anything, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg; Am Hubland, Würzburg, 97074, Germany, 2023/03/27
- Complexity Equals Anything, University of Michigan High Energy Theory Seminar Series, University of Michigan–Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, United States, 2023/01/27
- Introducing Perimeter's Strategic EDI Plan, Colloquium, 2022/11/09, PIRSA:22110051
- Complexity=Anything, Verlinde Symposium, University of Amsterdam, 2022/07/15
- How can we use information in quantum gravity?, Quantum Information Structure of Spacetime conference, Western University, London, ON, 2022/06/09
- Complexity=Anything^2, Informational Architecture of Spacetime Workshop, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Japan (online conference), 2022/05/29
- Complexity=Anything^2, HoloTube seminar series (online), 2022/05/17
- Complexity=Anything^2, Joint Israeli High-Energy-Theory Seminar series (online), 2022/04/26
- Complexity=Anything^2, Gravity, Quantum Fields and Information (AEI)-Ghent University-Warsaw String Theory seminar series (online), 2022/01/25
- Complexity=Anything^2, Tata Institute for Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India (online), 2022/01/10
- Complexity, Holography & Quantum Field Theory, Oxford Complexity Meeting (hybrid conference), University of Oxford, UK (talk online), 2021/12/06
- Complexity, Holography & Quantum Field Theory, Applications of Quantum Information Theory in Quantum Field Theory and Cosmology workshop, Lethbridge University, Lethbridge, Alberta (online conference), 2021/11/22
- Complexity, Holography & Quantum Field Theory, Ben Gurion University (online), 2021/11/15