Lucas Kocia

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I am a postdoc at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, CA, working on semiclassics, quantum information, and complexity theory using algebras with associated (discrete) symplectic phase spaces.

My research interests lie in connecting semiclassics and path integral expansions in terms of Planck's constant with the computational complexity of problems. This involves topics such as the Wigner-Weyl-Moyal formalism, discrete Wigner functions, van Vleck propagation, the Clifford subtheory and quantum contextuality.

I blog about some of my research, quantum information, and physics in general here.

Sandia National Laboratories is a multimission laboratory managed and operated by National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Honeywell International Inc., for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-NA0003525.

Disclaimer: Opinions expressed are solely my own and do not express the views or opinions of my employer, the U.S. Department of Energy, or the United States Government.


A chronological list of my publications can be found below:



Here you can find videos that I've made on select topics:


Finite Odd-Dimensional Wigner Formulation and the Stabilizer Subtheory (07/18/19)

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