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Netta Englehardt

Assistant Professor
Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Netta Engelhardt grew up in Jerusalem, Israel, and Boston, MA. She received her BSc in physics and mathematics from Brandeis University and her Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University and a member of the Princeton Gravity Initiative prior to joining the physics faculty at MIT in July 2019.

Research Interests

Netta Engelhardt’s research works towards developing an understanding of gravity on scales where quantum phenomena become important: inside black holes and near gravitational singularities such as the Big Bang. Her work has focused in part on the black hole information paradox, a puzzle in which quantum information appears to be lost in the process of black hole evaporation, a contradiction with the laws of quantum mechanics. She also works on understanding gravitational singularities within quantum gravity, most recently in the context of cosmic censorship, a conjecture that suggests that singularities that form dynamically are always hidden behind event horizons.  

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